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Gender wage gap

5 top women soccer players file lawsuit against U.S. Soccer over pay discrimination

By WITW Staff on March 31, 2016

Some of the biggest names in women’s soccer have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for wage discrimination. Led by five of the biggest players on America’s soccer squad — Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn — the team cited the USSF’s own salary data showing that despite generating more than $20 million on revenue during the 2015 season, the women were paid nearly four times less than their male counterparts. Before bringing their equal pay campaign to federal court, the union representing the women players tried to resolved the issue with the USSF at the negotiating table, but not only did USSF resist, the federation sued the players

“In early January, the Women’s National Team Players Association submitted a reasonable proposal for a new CBA that had equal pay for equal work as its guiding principle,” Jeffrey Kessler, the lawyer representing the women players, said in the statement. “U.S. Soccer responded by suing the players in an effort to keep in place the discriminatory and unfair treatment they have endured for years.”

The U.S. women’s soccer team made history last summer with its World Cup victory over Japan that earned them a ticker tape parade in New York City. A legal victory for equal pay could be just as big as that — if not bigger. Go ladies!

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