U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Settles Equal Pay Lawsuit – The Racquet Press
April 28, 2022
On February 22, the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) reached a $24 million settlement with the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). This settlement also commits to paying the men’s and women’s teams equally.
While that number is lower than their original $67 million, it’s still a big deal for American sports.
“It will be one of those incredible moments where we look back and say the game has changed forever, American football has changed forever and the landscape of football in this country and around the world has changed forever because of that,” said Megan Rapinoe, one of the players who led the suit.
$22 million will go to the 28 players who originally filed the lawsuit and the remaining $2 million will go towards establishing a charitable fund to benefit women’s and women’s soccer in the United States.
This settlement ends a three-year battle that began in 2019 when the USWNT filed its original lawsuit against the USSF for sex discrimination. The lawsuit was filed under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Players accuse national federation of paying women lower wages and subjecting them to more dangerous playing conditions than their male counterparts.
The USWNT is a successful team on the world stage. In 2019, they won their fourth World Cup and their second in a row. The 28 players who filed the complaint have won three World Cups.
The men, lately, haven’t been as successful after failing to qualify for the 2018 world cup. The men’s team also haven’t won a world cup since the women won one. three. At certain periods, women brought in more income than their male counterparts. Men received even more cash bonuses for matches played at the World Cup, even when they failed to do so, their bonuses were still worth more than the women’s.
The settlement process has been easier since the president of the USSF when the lawsuit was originally filed was reassigned and the new president, Cindy Parlow Cone, was a former USWNT player. The reason for former president Carlos Cordeiro’s resignation was his comments on the skill level of male and female players claiming that the job of a men’s national team player requires a higher level of skill and ability than that of a women’s national team player.
Cone is eager to mend the relationship between the USSF and the USWNT.
“I thought we would get to this point, 100%. I thought we would win all the way. It’s a win for us. And it’s a win for next-gen players, for players everywhere,” Rapinoe said.
This settlement depends only on the negotiation of a new collective agreement (CCT). “I continue to be optimistic that we’re going to get there and as Megan says, I think this is a win for American football, so a win for women’s team sports and women in general.” , Cone said.
“We have a lot of work to do and we continue to rebuild the relationship with the players,” Cone said. “We have to find a solution on the CBA agreements. But the focus now is on growing the game.”
US Soccer is unique in that the women’s team is as popular, if not more so, than its male counterparts. Both teams have 2.1 million followers on Instagram, while the National Basketball Association (NBA) has 64.9 million followers and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has 1.2 million.
“With the working conditions settlement and this settlement depending on a CBA having equal pay in the future, there is no other way to look at it than just a monumental victory for sports. girls and women’s football,” Rapinoe said.