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U.S. Soccer Federation denies sex discrimination, blames lack of revenue for pay disparity

  • It’s quite an overused pun, but perfectly describes the U.S. Soccer Federation’s response to a pay equity class action lawsuit filed March 8 by 28 members of the championship-winning U.S. women’s soccer team.
  • The 19-page May 6 court filing by the Federation’s attorneys uses the word ” denies” a whopping 122 times (we counted), and claims any pay disparity received by U.S. women’s and men’s soccer players is based on differences in the ” aggregate revenue generated by the different teams,” not sex.
  • The Federation’s response further claims players on the two teams are compensated under ” fundamentally different pay structures for performing different work,” and are paid under separate collective bargaining agreements (union contracts), imposing different rules, responsibilities, and obligations on the players.
  • The 28 players filed their lawsuit March 8, International Women’s Day, in a Los Angeles federal court on behalf of themselves and all other current and former women’s players.

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