Federal judge rejects U.S. women's soccer team's unequal pay claims

by Bryan Brammer · May 2nd, 2020 12:53 pm

A federal judge Friday rejected the U.S. women's soccer team's unequal pay lawsuit which claimed that they are paid significant less money than the men's national team.

In March 2019, members of the U.S. women's national team (USWNT) sued the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), claiming they were not paid equally under their collective bargaining agreement (CBA) compared to the men's national team. The players sought $66 million in damages and back pay.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner dismissed the argument claiming the USWNT declined a previous CBA similar to the men's in favor of a base salary and benefits.

"The history of negotiations between the parties demonstrates that the WNT rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the MNT, and the WNT was willing to forgo higher bonuses for benefits, such as greater base compensation and the guarantee of a higher number of contracted players," Klausner wrote. "[The players] have not demonstrated a triable issue that WNT players are paid less than MNT players."

Although Klausner also dismissed arguments that players were subjected to unequal working conditions, he is allowing claims of "discriminatory travel accommodations" to go to trial on June 16.

Shortly after the ruling, several players from the USWNT shared their thoughts on twitter.


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