Three months before kickoff for the Women’s World Cup, players for the U.S. women’s national team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
All 28 members of the team were named as plaintiffs in the case filed in United States District Court in Los Angeles, and they are seeking class-action status over “institutionalized gender discrimination” toward the team. The lawsuit was filed under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
“Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts,” the lawsuit said. “This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players — with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions.”
The U.S. women’s national team won the World Cup in 2015 and will open defense of the title at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, which begins in France on June 7.
“I don’t know if there was a tipping point, but the feeling was that this was the next best step for us to put us in the best possible position to continue to fight for what we believe is right and what the law recognizes,” midfielder Megan Rapinoe said. “And to try to achieve equality under the law, equal working conditions, equal working pay. It goes far beyond equal pay into the working conditions as well.”
The players are seeking equitable pay and treatment, in addition to damages including back pay.
I’m on the record stating that the USWNT is the only soccer that truly matters. there are so many things that I love about this. first off All 28 members of the team filed this lawsuit. LET’S GO LADIES! Every single member of this team is in this fight together. They are United for each other, for the game, for every girl in America who ever laces up a pair of cleats. If just one of the team members decided to do this she would deserve all the respect in the world for being brave enough, but the fact that all 28 of them decided to do this .
What they’re asking for is pretty simple in its idea. They want equal pay to what the men (who by all definitions of the word, STINK, but I’ll get to that later) get, they want equal facilities and working conditions, and they want women to be TRULY seen as equal under the law. This is cliche, but the fact that we are STILL talking about equal rights for women in 2019 IS AN ABSOLUTE TRAVESTY.
My favorite part of this whole thing is the fact that they DESTROYED the US Men’s Soccer team with the statement “This is true even though their performance has been superior to that of the male players — with the female players, in contrast to male players, becoming world champions.”
What an absolute body bag.
Not only are they saying that they should be payed equally as the men, they also go as far as calling them out. The US Men’s team under-preforms every World Cup. They just aren’t good. It’s gotten to the point where AMERICAN CITIZENS identify as Italy, France, or Germany fans because the US team is such a joke. There was a 40 year drought where they didn’t even qualify. They are a blemish on the good name of American Sports. They’re the best players from one of the most sports obsessed countries in the world, and usually they don’t even make it out of group play.
I’m not a big soccer guy. I don’t get salary caps and payment plans, but when you have two teams, one that constantly contends and is defending their 3rd world cup, and the other has only made it to third place once (1930), it’s obvious.
There should be a difference in pay between these two teams. It’s just the women who should get paid more. This isn’t a feminist thing and this isn’t a political thing; this is a facts, goals and World Cup Trophies thing. The US Women’s National Team is by far the better team that the US puts out every four years, and they deserve proper compensation for it.