A former ball girl for the Chicago White Sox claims she and other females were fired because the team feared their presence would encourage unruly fans.
Amy Wilkes filed a suit in federal court this week claiming the firing of her and other ball girls is a clear-cut case of discrimination, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday.
"Wilkes was well qualified for her work, and performed in a competent and responsible manner," Wilkes' legal team says in the suit.
The suit says Wilkes was fired April 15, 2003, after a rambunctious fan ran onto the field during a game.
White Sox General Manager Ken Williams told her that "recent well-publicized incidents involving unruly fans entering the field was the reason for the termination," the suit says.
However, Wilkes says stopping fans from coming onto the field and other security concerns were not a part of her job duties.
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