Published: March 9, 2020 | 4 min read, 754 words
The US women's national team's fight for equality suffered a major blow Friday, as a federal judge rejected the players' claims that they were paid less than the men's national team. Claims by the players of unequal working conditions based on travel conditions, specifically charter flights and hotel accommodations, and support services, specifically medical and training support, can still go to trial. The USWNT originally filed a lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in March 2019, with 28 members of the team listed as plaintiffs. Friday's ruling was issued in response to a motion for... READ MORE
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May 5, 2020
This gives a brief overview of the case and why the judge dismissed the case. There are some nuances to it that aren't super well described, but it gives a decent primer.
May 3, 2020
There are 2 parts to this: the unbiased quote from the judge explaining that the USWNT negotiated a different CBA after they rejected the CBA that the USMNT has as an offer. Which means the USWNT is simply unhappy they rejected what was offered to them up front, and they renegotiated what they felt was a better deal for them, meaning no wage gap exists, the CBAs are simply different. Then there are the PR quotes from women claiming that gender is the reason they were paid what they were, when their CBA is different and they were paid accordingly. KEEP IN MIND: THE SAME CBA AS THE USMNT WAS OFFERED TO THE USWNT AND THEY REJECTED IT IN FAVOR OF A DIFFERENT PROPOSAL. THEY WERE OFFERED THE SAME AGREEMENT TO BEGIN WITH AND SAID NO TO THE TERMS.