USA Women's Soccer Team Archive USA To appeal the equal pay decision
The United States Women's Football the team has filed an appeal to a district court decision issued last week that dismissed its claims for equal pay A team spokesman said Friday.
The team suffered an unexpected blow in its high-profile case against its federation when the court rejected the players' claims that they were underpaid compared to the men's national team.
District Court Judge R. Gary Klausner said that the World Cup champions were paid more on a cumulative and average per game basis than their male counterparts, who did not qualify for the last World Cup.
The women's team on Friday promised to continue their fight.
Equal pay means paying players the same rate to win a game as men, said Molly Levinson, a player spokeswoman.
"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 ," she said.
The players had been seeking $ 66 million in damages under the Equal pay law .
Klausner's ruling, however, allowed players' claims that they didn't receive the same treatment when it comes to travel, training, accommodation and other areas to proceed.
Those claims will be adjudicated at a trial scheduled for June 16.
The women's national team beat the Netherlands to claim their fourth World Cup title last summer as the stadium rang with chants of Equal pay, equal pay, catapulting their players into the limelight.
The longstanding enmity of the US national team. USA With American football It has been a very public and bitter battle with athletes and celebrities, from Billie Jean King to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallying around the cause of women.
Last month, American football president Carlos Cordeiro resigned over language used in a court filing suggesting women possess less ability than men when it comes to football.
The language prompted an on-field protest by players, who wore their warmup jerseys inside out to obscure the American football logo prior to a game, and a critical response from several of the team's commercial sponsors.