Five of the top players for the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team filed a federal wage discrimination complaint claiming they are paid less than male players, even though they generate more income for the United States Soccer Federation (USSF).
The five players involved in the complaint are co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo – five of the biggest names in U.S. women’s soccer. Jeffrey Kessler, their lawyer, has argued that despite similar work requirements and far better performances, the women’s team is paid far less than the men’s after bonuses are taken into account.
In their complaint, the five players cited recent U.S. Soccer financial reports as proof that they have become the federation’s main economic engine even as, they said, they earned as little as 40 percent of what players on the United States men’s national team earned over the same period.
The women said they were shortchanged on everything from bonuses to appearance fees to per diems.
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