The US women’s soccer team has received support from its male colleagues in its lawsuit against US soccer for equal pay.
Amicus briefs filed in the Ninth District Court of Appeals on Friday give the USWNT case notable support, including from players on the men’s national team.
One of the submissions came from the US National Soccer Team Players Association (USNSTPA), which represents players on the US men’s team. In it, the players of the men’s team argue that the USWNT players not only earn the same salary, but more salary than the men.
Last Friday, the WNT players’ legal team filed their opening letter, arguing to send the case back to the district court for it to be heard by a jury that mainly focused on explaining why the original judge was performing the Team as part of their compensation, but only compared the total compensation of the WNT for missions against the US men’s national team in the same period.
Particularly noteworthy is the Amicus brief – a supportive brief that offers broader perspectives beyond the two parties in a lawsuit and is usually filed by advocacy groups that may have an interest in the outcome of an appeal.
While the USMNT players have supported the lawsuit in the past, it is the strongest support they have offered to date. In their briefing, they not only state that the USWNT should have earned equal pay, but argue that the USWNT’s players should in fact have received three times the MNT rate.
Her Amicus briefing begins with a paragraph that undermines most of the US Football Association’s arguments in the equal pay lawsuit and even challenges the association’s slogan for its entire national team program.
“The United States Soccer Federation markets the US men’s and women’s national teams under the slogan ‘One Nation. A team.’ But for more than 30 years the federation has treated the players of the women’s national team as second-class citizens, discriminated against the women in their wages and working conditions and paid them less than the players of the men’s national team, even though US football is going through a period of extraordinary financial growth, “it says in the letter. “The federal government has never offered or granted equal pay to women, and the contrary view of the regional court cannot be reconciled with the facts.”
Earlier this week, US Soccer requested an extension of its response letter in appeal to the Ninth District, the
was assured. Your response to players ‘opening orders is now due by September 22nd and the players’ legal team has 21 days to respond if they wish.
Last week, US Soccer issued a statement in response to the inaugural letter reiterating the May 2020 District Court ruling: “In ruling in favor of US Soccer in relation to players’ pay discrimination claims, the District Court rightly found that the above negotiated a different pay structure than the men’s national team and rightly stated that the women’s national team was paid more than the men’s national team, both cumulatively and on average per game.
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