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U.S. Women’s Soccer Sex Bias Trial Pushed Back Until September

May 16, 2020, 11:44 AM

The trial of claims by the U.S. women’s soccer team that the U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. subjected them to lesser travel conditions and provided them with inferior medical and training support compared to the men’s team has been pushed back to Sept. 15, federal court records show.

Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California entered an order Friday continuing the trial date until then and setting a pre-trial conference for Aug. 31.

The order comes one week after the women asked the judge for permission to immediately appeal his May 1 dismissal of the bulk of their equal pay and sex bias suit.

Klausner still hasn’t ruled on that request.

The trial had been scheduled to begin June 16 after previously being delayed from the original trial date of May 5 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Klausner didn’t give a reason for the new continuance. But the women’s May 8 filing seeking an immediate appeal on their Equal Pay Act and sex-based pay bias claims under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act stated that U.S. Soccer agreed with the players that continuing concerns with the pandemic warranted postponement of the trial date for a few months regardless of whether the judge allows them to appeal his pay bias ruling right away to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Winston & Strawn LLP represents the women. Latham & Watkins LLP represents U.S. Soccer.

The case is Morgan v. U.S. Soccer Fed’n, Inc., C.D. Cal., No. 2:19-cv-01717, order continuing trial date 5/15/20.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Dorrian in Washington at pdorrian@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Carmen Castro-Pagan at ccastro-pagan@bloomberglaw.com