FILE PHOTO: Jul 5, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; United States pose for a photograph after the match in opposition to Mexico in the course of the USWNT Ship-off Sequence soccer match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. / Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports activities/File Picture
July 23, 2021
(Reuters) – The U.S. ladies’s nationwide workforce (USWNT) on Friday filed a gap temporary within the enchantment of their lawsuit in opposition to the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), saying the choice to dismiss it was primarily based on flawed authorized reasoning.
The temporary, filed with the Ninth Circuit Court docket of Appeals, asks that the ruling be reversed and the case despatched again to district courtroom to be heard by a jury.
The World Cup-winning workforce sued their governing physique in 2019 looking for $66 million in damages beneath the Equal Pay Act, alleging gender discrimination in compensation and almost each different facet of taking part in situations.
U.S. District Decide R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles final 12 months threw out the gamers’ claims that they had been underpaid in contrast with the boys’s nationwide workforce and weeks later denied the gamers’ bid to enchantment till the working situations ingredient was settled.
“If a lady has to work greater than a person and be way more profitable than him to earn about the identical pay, that’s decidedly not equal pay and it violates the legislation,” Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the USWNT, stated in a press release.
“And but, that’s precisely what the ladies gamers on the U.S. nationwide workforce do. They play extra video games and obtain higher outcomes as a way to be paid about the identical quantity as the boys’s nationwide workforce gamers per sport.
“By any measure, that’s not equal pay, and it violates federal legislation… we’re assured the details present intentional – and ongoing – gender discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation.”
U.S. Soccer issued a press release https://twitter.com/ussoccer/standing/1418609038342885382 in response saying they’re “dedicated to equal pay”, including that they’re persevering with to search out decision with the gamers outdoors of the courtroom system.
The united states and the USWNT reached an settlement over equal working situations in December, and the settlement was permitted by the district courtroom in April.
The USWNT is competing on the Olympic Video games in Tokyo, the place they had been surprised 3-0 by Sweden of their opening sport. They are going to face New Zealand on Saturday.
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)