(Reuters) – The members of the U.S. ladies’s nationwide soccer group 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 courtroom dominated on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Soccer – Girls’s World Cup Ultimate – United States v Netherlands – Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France – July 7, 2019 Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. and group mates have a good time profitable the ladies’s world cup with the trophy REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo/File Picture
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 group over the multi-year interval specified within the lawsuit, along with these initially named.
“This can be a historic step ahead within the wrestle to attain equal pay,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the gamers, mentioned in a press release.
“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 arduous and settle for lesser working situations to receives a commission the identical as males.”
U.S. Soccer didn’t instantly reply when requested in an electronic 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 the USA has maintained that the boys’s and girls’s groups are paid in a different way on account of variations of their collective bargaining agreements.
In granting class standing, the choose basically rejected U.S. Soccer’s claims that lots of the ladies named within the lawsuit had earned greater than their top-earning male counterparts over the identical interval.
In response to the choose’s written ruling, agreeing with U.S. Soccer’s argument may yield an ‘absurd end result,’ during which a lady 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 yr.
The gamers, a gaggle that features stars Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, mentioned they’ve been constantly paid much less cash than their male counterparts although their efficiency has been superior to the boys’s group.
Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Modifying by Ken Ferris