A federal judge rejected the claim for uneven pay for players from the United States’ national women’s football team, but allowed their allegation of discriminatory travel accommodations and medical support services to stand trial.
Players led by Alex Morgan say they were not paid also under their collective agreement for what the national men’s team receives under their contract of employment and have asked for more than $ 66 million in damages under the Equal Remuneration Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In a 32-page decision on Friday, US district judge R. Gary Klausner partially granted a motion for summary judgment from the American Football Federation. He rejected the allegations of the Equal Remuneration Law but left the claims of the Civil Rights Law intact.
“The history of negotiations between the parties shows that the WNT rejected a payment offer using the same pay-as-you-go structure as the DTM, and the WNT was willing to forgo higher premiums for benefits, such as higher base pay and guaranteed more players under contract, ”wrote Klausner.
“As a result, claimants can not now retroactively consider their CBA worse than the DTM CBA by referring to what they would have done if they had been paid according to the structure of the DTM game payment conditions when they themselves rejected such a structure, “he said.
Klausner has left claims that the USSF discriminated in its use of charter flights, hotel accommodation, medical assistance and training assistance.
A trial is scheduled for June 16 in federal court in Los Angeles.
“We are shocked and disappointed with today’s decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay,” said players’ spokesperson Molly Levinson in a statement. “We are confident in our case and firm in our commitment to ensure that girls and women who practice this sport are not less appreciated simply because of their gender.”
The players plan to ask the United States’ 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to quash Klausner’s decision, which may delay the trial.
“We have learned that there are huge obstacles to change; we know it takes bravery, courage and persistence to stand up to them, “said Levinson.
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