Frank Robinson and MLB are the subjects of a sex discrimination lawsuit. (USATSI)
Sylvia Lind, Major League Baseball’s director of baseball initiatives, is suing the league for gender-based discrimination, the New York Post reports.
The suit, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, alleges that the league favored males when filling highly-placed executive positions. In particular, Lind accuses Frank Robinson, the Hall of Famer and MLB’s current executive director of baseball development, of sex discrimination in determining promotions. The Post‘s Rich Calder writes:
While working for Robinson, Lind claims the 79-year-old — who played 20 years and became the first player to win MVP awards in both the National and American leagues, before becoming a manager — subjected her to unfair performance reviews and refused to promote her because she’s a woman.
“Sometimes you have to hire a man because there are places women can’t go,” Robinson told Lind during a 2014 performance review, the suit claims. “Well, I guess they can go most places now, but sometimes it’s easier to hire a man because of what it is they’ll be dealing with.”
As the Post notes, MLB spokesman John Blundell said that Lind’s allegations are “absolutely without merit.”
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