March 31, 2016
WANTING EQUAL PAY
U.S. women's team files wage discrimination action against U.S. Soccer
Before meeting its next opponent, the U.S. women's national team has taken on an imposing foe -- U.S. Soccer.
|Carli Lloyd is one of five U.S. players who have filed a wage discrimination action for the women's national team against U.S. Soccer.
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Five players have filed on behalf of the entire team a wage-discrimination action against U.S. Soccer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
The five players included goalkeeper Hope Solo, defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielders Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe and striker Alex Morgan.
Citing figures from U.S. Soccer's 2015 financial report, the suit stated that even though the women's side produced almost $20 million more money last year than the men's team, the women were paid almost four times less.
"Recently, it has become clear that the Federation has no intention of providing us equal pay for equal work," Rapinoe said in a statement in the news release.
The suit was filed by the Winston & Strawn law firm.
"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," Winston & Strawn co-chairman Kessler 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."
On Thursday, U.S. Soccer said it had not yet seen the filing, but it still issued a statement.
"We understand the Women's National Team Players Association is filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against U.S. Soccer," the statement said. "While we have not seen this complaint and can't comment on the specifics of it, we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."
The U.S. women meet Colombia in an international friendly in East Hartford, Conn. on April 6.