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USWNT Files Wage-Discrimination Suit Against US Soccer Federation Demanding Fair Pay
Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Becky Sauerbrunn have filed a wage-discrimination action suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, on behalf of the entire USWNT.
The action was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that the women are currently being paid nearly four-times less than the men, despite generating $20-million more in revenue last year.
The USWNT are being represented by the Winston & Strawn law firm. In a statement released earlier today, co-chairman Jeffrey Kessler said the following:
“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. 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.”
It will now be the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s job to decide if the players are entitled to any form of compensation. With the players union also entrenched in a legal battle with the USSF regarding the length of their current collective bargaining agreement, things could get interesting heading into this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]