Women's soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

Women's soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

Women's soccer claim of unequal pay tossed, can argue travel

A federal judge on Friday dismissed the United States women's national team's gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, dealing the players a massive blow in their yearslong battle for equal pay.

Players intend to ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn Klausner's decision, a move that could delay the trial into 2021 or later.

"The WNT (Women's National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team) over the class period", the court said in its summary judgement.

The USWNT has argued that they've been paid less "for substantially equal work and by denying them at least equal playing, training, and travel conditions; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games; and other terms and conditions of employment equal to the MNT", according to court documents.

"To US Soccer: equal pay, now", he wrote. 'We will not give up our hard work for equal pay. "We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women will not be valued as lesser just due to their gender".

"The historical past of negotiations between the events demonstrates that the WNT rejected a proposal to be paid beneath the identical pay-to-play construction because the MNT, and the WNT was prepared to forgo greater bonuses for advantages, resembling higher base compensation and the assure of a better variety of contracted gamers", Klausner wrote.

Forget the legal fees it has paid, the federation lost lots of good will for the inflammatory filings (later dropped) of its attorneys (later replaced), and the case led to the resignation of president Carlos Cordeiro and apologies from his successor, Cindy Parlow Cone.

Another player, Alex Morgan said: "Although disappointing to hear this news, this will not discourage us in our fight for equality". "This changes when the women's team is in the World Cup. We will appeal and press on", Levinson added. The US men's team, who have supported the USWNT lawsuit, failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The women's national team beat the Netherlands 2-0 to claim their fourth World Cup title in July 2019, as the stadium rang with chants of, "Equal Pay, Equal Pay", catapulting its players into the spotlight.

In addition to losing the equal pay argument, the USWNT was also ruled against on the subject of artificial turf.

Parlow Cone has said she hopes the suit can settle before a trial.

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday voiced his support for the US women's soccer team, a day after it suffered a setback in its gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.

Earlier Friday, the ladies requested that Parlow Cone be included. Their lawyers said although the federation backed off earlier arguments saying women were inferior to their male counterparts in skill and effort, it still planned to contest differences in responsibility.

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