USWNT appeal equal pay bid dismissal

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The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has filed an appeal against a decision of a judge to dismiss their bid for equal pay.

Last week, the court in its ruling, rejected the players’ claim that they were underpaid compared to their male counterparts [US men’s team].

“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,” said Judge R. Gary Klausner.

Led by the outspoken USWNT striker Megan Rapinoe, 28 women’s national team players in 2019 filled a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation (USSF) as they are seeking $66m (£52.8m) in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

The players spokeswoman Molly Levinson confirmed that the appeal by the players was submitted on Friday. “Equal pay means paying women players the same rate for winning a game as men get paid,” she said.

“The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” added Levinson.

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

USWNT have enjoyed a great deal of success over the years, winning the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France (2019) for the fourth time to add to their five Olympic gold medals.

Meanwhile, the US men’s side best finish at a World Cup was third place back way back in 1930 in the inaugural tournament. They reached the quarterfinals in 2002.

Despite stating that they want to work with the women’s team to “chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world.”

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF)’s lawyers made submissions claiming that the job of a male footballer on the national team “requires a higher level of skill based on speed and strength” than their female counterparts.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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