The settlement between the United States of America women’s national team (USWNT) and the U.S. Soccer Federation concerning unequal working conditions was approved by a federal judge recently.
The ruling means USWNT will receive improvements to travelling conditions, venue selections, and increases in the number of support staff on par with the men’s national team.
However, the battle for equal pay continues as a few months ago, US district judge R Gary Klausner threw out the Equal Pay Act aspect of the planned lawsuit, ending the players’ chances of receiving back pay for previous performances.
This decision will be appealed before the case goes to court.
“Now that this is behind us, we intend to appeal the Court’s equal pay decision, which does not account for the fact that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job,” said team spokesman Molly Levinson.
“We are committed as ever to our work to achieve the equal pay that we legally deserve and our focus is on the future and ensuring we leave the game a better place for the next generation of women who will play for this team and our country.
“We are pleased that the Court has approved the equal working conditions that the USWNT players have fought for many years to achieve.
“Finally, giving these athletes access to facilities, training, care, and professional support is the next step needed in the long and hard work to grow the game of women’s football,” concluded Levinson.
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BY FARPost Reporter