(Reuters) – The members of the U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer crew who sued the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) in March over allegations of gender discrimination can pursue their claims as a category motion, a California court docket dominated on Friday.
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The choice comes two months after the group filed a movement for sophistication certification in search of to incorporate all ladies referred to as as much as the nationwide crew over the multi-year interval specified within the lawsuit, along with these initially named.
“It is a historic step ahead within the battle to realize equal pay,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the gamers, stated in an announcement.
“We’re so happy that the Courtroom has acknowledged USSF’s ongoing discrimination towards ladies gamers – rejecting USSF’s drained arguments that girls should work twice as onerous and settle for lesser working circumstances to receives a commission the identical as males.”
U.S. Soccer didn’t instantly reply when requested in an e mail by Reuters to touch upon the choice made by the U.S. District Courtroom for the Central District of California.
The governing physique for soccer in america has maintained that the boys’s and ladies’s groups are paid in another way as a consequence of variations of their collective bargaining agreements.
In granting class standing, the decide basically rejected U.S. Soccer’s claims that most of the ladies named within the lawsuit had earned greater than their top-earning male counterparts over the identical interval.
In keeping with the decide’s written ruling, agreeing with U.S. Soccer’s argument might yield an ‘absurd outcome,’ through which a girl may very well be paid half as a lot as a person as lengthy as she negated the disparity by working twice as many hours.
All 28 members of the U.S. squad sued U.S. Soccer with allegations of gender discrimination simply three months earlier than they opened the profitable protection of their World Cup title in France this 12 months.
The gamers, a gaggle that features stars Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, stated they’ve been constantly paid much less cash than their male counterparts regardless that their efficiency has been superior to the boys’s crew.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Enhancing by Ken Ferris