March 31, 2016


U.S. Women's Soccer Team Demands to Be Paid as Much as Men's Team

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Five players from the U.S. women's soccer team have filed a federal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that they get paid nearly 40 percent less than the U.S. men's team.

The New York Times reports that co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo have argued that they are unfairly paid compared to the men's team, who doesn't perform as well as the women's team. Solo says:

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

“This is the strongest case of discrimination against women athletes in violation of law that I have ever seen,” lawyer Jeffrey Kessler said.

The United States Soccer Federation has responded, saying it's "disappointed" in the filing.

The women's team won the 2015 World Cup, while the men's squad's recent greatest achievement was a quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup. Read about the pay discrepancies in the full report here.