The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Appeals Equal Pay Dismissal

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The U.S. women’s national soccer team does not give up so easily. 

“Today, we are filing a motion to allow us to appeal immediately the district court’s decision so that the Ninth Circuit will be able to review these claims,” tweeted Molly Levinson, the NSWT spokesperson, on May 8th. 

This action is a response to the district court’s decision from May 1st to dismiss the team’s claim for equal pay with the men’s national team. The U.S. District Judge R Gary Klausner is asked to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss the claim. If he does so, the NSWT will be able to bring the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. 

Judge Klausner explained that he made last week’s decision because the NSWT had previously “rejected an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure” as the men’s national team. According to his decision, “The NWNT was willing to forgo higher bonuses for benefits, such as greater base compensation and the guarantee of a higher number of contracted players.”

“Plaintiffs cannot now retroactively deem their CBA (collective bargaining agreement) worse than the MNT (men’s national team) CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT’s pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure.”

But the women’s team, which is seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act, is not backing out.

“The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” tweeted Livingston.

The team also move further with other claims that Klausner did not dismiss last week: discrimination with regards to charter flights, hotel accommodations, medical assistance, and training support services. 

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