Bloomberg Law
Feb. 21, 2020, 4:17 PM

U.S. Soccer, Women’s Team at Odds Over $67 Million in Back Pay

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

U.S. women’s national team members and the U.S. Soccer Federation have filed competing motions in Los Angeles federal court seeking pretrial wins on claims that women are paid less than men’s team players despite their greater on-field success.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and 24 other women’s players said theirs is the “rare case” alleging pay discrimination where summary judgment on liability is proper without a trial.

The discriminatory pay rates are contained in collective bargaining agreements U.S. Soccer made with the teams, and the federation hasn’t offered any evidence showing the women’s lesser pay is the ...

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