Rapinoe vows to keep fighting after equality claim was dismissed


United States Women’s National team (USWNT) striker Megan Rapinoe was vowed to continue fighting for equality after equal pay claim was dismissed by Judge R. Gary Klausner.

The bid for equal pay by the US Women’s side was rejected by a court after the players claimed that they were underpaid compared to their male counterparts.

“We will never stop fighting for equality,” said Rapinoe who won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.

In its ruling, the court said: “The women’s team has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the men’s team over the class period.”

“Although disappointing to hear this news, this will not discourage us in our fight for equality,” said Rapinoe’s partner in crime, US striker Alex Morgan.

The USWNT players’ spokeswoman Molly Levinson also expressed her disappointment and said that they are planning to appeal against the court’s decision.

“We are shocked and disappointed. We will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” said Levinson.

The US Women’s side clinched their fourth Women’s Cup title last year in France, adding to their five Olympic gold medals.

“We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender,” added Levinson.

The lawsuit was filed by USWNT players in 2019 against the US Soccer Federation (USSF). The 28 players had been seeking $66m (£52.8m) in damages under the US Equal Pay Act.

According to BBC Sport, Federal judge Gary Klausner allowed the players’ case for unfair treatment in travel, housing and medical support to go to trial, which is set for 16 June in Los Angeles.

The US men’s team are in support of the Women’s team as they issued a statement in February criticising the US governing body. The statement read: “The federation continues to discriminate against the women in their wages and working conditions”.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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