U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Again: WNT Sues USSF for Gender Discrimination Ahead of World Cup

U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Strikes Again: WNT Sues USSF for Gender Discrimination Ahead of World Cup
With only a few days before the Women’s World Cup, the number one women’s team in the world, the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT), filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for “continuing policies and practices of gender discrimination.”*
 
* Morgan, et al v. USSF, 2:19-cv-01717-RGK-AGR, Central District of California, Complaint, p. 3, par. 4.

In particular, the WNT alleges in its complaint that, among other acts of discrimination, the USSF is paying the women’s team less than their male counterparts simply based on gender even though both groups of athletes do substantially equal work under the USSF. Although this case is in its early stages, the outcome can have drastic implications on women’s sports in the United States and possibly the world.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and many other teammates have collectively sued the USSF for violating US Federal Law, specifically for wage discrimination. Arguing that the USSF is the common employer between the women’s and men’s teams, the Claimants assert that the USSF is discriminating between employees on the basis of sex by paying unequal wages to the women’s team even though their work requires “equal skill, effort, and...

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