The United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) has finally settled its gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
In a historic agreement, the USSF agreed to pay the women’s soccer team $24 million in back pay and pledged $2 million to fund charitable efforts related to women and girls’ soccer.
The most significant part of the settlement, however, is USSF’s pledge to equalize pay between the men’s and women’s national teams in all competitions, including the World Cup. This will happen when the players union for the U.S. women’s team hammers out their next collective bargaining agreement.
The USWNT’s fight for pay equality goes back almost six years when some of its star players filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) claiming wage discrimination. Even though the USWNT won several Word Cup championships and generates more revenue than the men’s team, they argue they receive 40% less than male players and are denied substantial benefits and bonuses according to the men.
This development is a huge victory for women’s soccer and for all women in the workplace who believe they are being denied equal pay for equal work. If you believe you are being denied wages due to your gender, you may have a wage or discrimination claim. To find out more, reach out to the experienced lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. You can call our office in Red Bank, New Jersey at 732-842-6500, our Marlton, New Jersey office at 856-985-9800 or our Newark, New Jersey office at 973-878-9040.