Joe Biden endorses the US women's soccer team. USA After the reverse of the lawsuit
Presumptive Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden on Saturday he expressed his support for the USA. USA Women's Football team a day after suffering a setback in their gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation .
The team claims to equal pay They were fired by a court on Friday, handing US Soccer a victory.
Don't give up on this fight. This is not over yet, Biden wrote in a tweet to the team.
Equal pay, now. Or else, when he is president, you can go somewhere else to get World Cup funds, Biden added to the federation.
To @USWNT: don’t give up this fight. This is not over yet.To @USSoccer: equal pay , now. Or else when I'm presiden… https://t.co/mcpBHLKwlU - Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) 1588440496000
The World Cup winning team's long dispute with US Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking $ 66 million in damages under the Equal pay law .
On Friday, Judge R Gary Klausner, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, dismissed the players' claims that they were underpaid compared to the men's national team.
The court allowed complaints of unfair doctors, travel and training to proceed to trial, which will begin on June 16.
The WNT (Women's National Team) has received more cumulative and average payouts per game than the MNT (Men's National Team) during the class period, the court said in its summary judgment.
US Soccer said Friday that it wanted to work with the team to chart a positive path forward to grow the game both at home and around the world.
The players have said they plan to appeal the court's decision.
Billie Jean King, who famously battled for equal pay in tennis, also offered words of encouragement to the team on Saturday.
This is a setback, but it is not the end of the fight, he wrote on Twitter.
The pursuit of equality is a marathon, not a sprint, and this lawsuit has sparked significant conversation about the treatment of women in sports, he said.
A failure does not lessen its impact.
Last month, US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro resigned over language used in a court filing that suggests that women possess fewer skills than men when it comes to soccer.
The language sparked an outcry on the field by players, who wore their warm-up jerseys upside down to hide the US Soccer logo before a game, and a critical response from several of the team's commercial backers.