Will the US women’s soccer team win their battle for equal pay?
In an escalation of ongoing disputes over gender discrimination between the US women’s national team and US Soccer, the players have now sued their employer. Any hopes that these issues were close to resolution have now been dashed.
Who on the USWNT is suing US Soccer and why?
A group of 28 players on the US women’s national team, essentially the players that constitute the entire current pool, have signed on to a lawsuit accusing their boss, the US Soccer Federation, of gender discrimination. The lawsuit deals with accusations of wage discrimination and the notion that US Soccer paid the men’s team more, despite the men achieving far less. For instance, the lawsuit alleges that the men get bonuses of as much as $17,625. The Guardian understands that is more than twice the amount the women receive.