Claims by players regarding uneven working conditions based on travel conditions, in particular charter flights and hotel accommodation, and assistance services, particularly medical assistance and training, may still to be judged.
The prosecution alleges that the American Football Federation’s payment practices constitute federal discrimination by compensating women less than men “for substantially equal work and denying them at least equal conditions of play, training and travel; equal promotion of their games; equal support and development for their games and other employment conditions equivalent to the DTM. “
However, Justice R. Gary Klausner wrote in his ruling that USWNT members did not prove pay discrimination under the Equal Pay Act because the women’s team played more games and made more money than the men’s team.
The women’s team also rejected a collective agreement (CBA) in which they would have the same compensation structure as the men’s team in favor of another CBA, wrote Klausner.
The ABC for women guarantees that the players will be compensated, whether or not they play a match, while the ABC for men requests that the players be paid if they are called into the camp to play and then participate in a match, according to the summary judgment.
Klausner wrote that women were asking a court to find that women were paid less than men because if women had been paid under the ABC of men, they would have earned more than they did in under their own CBA.
“This approach – simply comparing what each team would have done under the other team’s ABCs – is untenable in this case, as it ignores the reality that the DTM and WNT have negotiated different agreements that reflect different preferences , and that the WNT has explicitly rejected the terms they are now seeking to impose retroactively, “wrote Klausner.
“This evidence is insufficient to create a genuine question of fact important to the trial,” wrote Klausner.
Players’ spokesman Molly Levinson has said she will appeal the decision.
“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” said Levinson. “We are confident in our case and determined in our commitment to ensure that girls and women who practice this sport are not considered less important simply because of their gender. We have learned that there are enormous obstacles to change; we know it takes bravery, courage and persistence to stand up to them. We will appeal and continue. Words cannot express our gratitude to all those who support us. “
US Soccer released a statement saying it was looking forward to “working with the National Women’s Team to chart a positive path to advance the game here, at home and around the world.”
“US Soccer has long been the world leader in women’s football on and off the field, and we are committed to continuing this work to ensure that our national women’s team remains the best in the world and sets the standard for women’s football”, indicates the press release. Lily.
Players weighed in on social media, including Megan Rapinoe, who tweeted, “We will never stop fighting for EQUALITY.”
Alex Morgan said on Twitter: “Although disappointed to hear this news, it will not deter us in our fight for equality.”
“We will continue to fight for equal wages,” said Christen Press in a tweet.
Tobin Heath tweeted, “This team never gives up and we’re not going to start now.”
The trial is scheduled for June 16.