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U.S. Women’s Team Files Wage-Discrimination Action Against U.S. Soccer

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Washington, DC – Five of the top members of the U.S. women’s national soccer team, including the World Cup MVP Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo and Alex Morgan, have filed on behalf of the entire team a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York Times reported.

The Women’s World Cup Champions argue that they were paid much less than U.S. men’s team, generating nearly $20 million more revenue and being paid almost four times less.

Several players have been outspoken about the recent situation:

“We have been quite patient over the years with the belief that the Federation would do the right thing and compensate us fairly,” Lloyd said.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” Solo said. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships and the USMNT get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

“Recently, it has become clear that the Federation has no intention of providing us equal pay for equal work,” Megan Rapinoe said in a news release.

The action was filed by the law firm of Winston & Strawn and its co-chairman Jeffrey Kessler, who has represented numerous players’ unions and athletes — including Tom Brady and Ray Rice — in disputes with professional leagues and organizations.

“In early January, the Women’s National Team Players Association submitted a reasonable proposal for a new CBA that had equal pay for equal work as its guiding principle,” Kessler said in the statement. “U.S. Soccer responded by suing the players in an effort to keep in place the discriminatory and unfair treatment they have endured for years.”

U.S. Soccer  issued a statement Thursday, saying it is “disappointed” that the action was taken.

“While we have not seen this complaint and can’t comment on the specifics of it,” U.S. Soccer said in a statement, “we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years.”

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