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5 recent updates to the U.S. Women's Soccer Equal pay complaint

Lori Hanemann

Five updates you should know about the US Women’s equal pay discrimination complaint.

In March, U.S. soccer players Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe, filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that members of the women's national team are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Here are the recent updates:

Five updates you should know about the US Women’s equal pay discrimination complaint.

 

In March, U.S. soccer players Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Alex Morgan, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Megan Rapinoe, filed a complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation, with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that members of the women's national team are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

 

  1. A judge ruled they have to wait until their collective bargaining agreement expires  December 31, 2016, to renegotiate and go after equal wages and/or be able to strike if equal terms aren’t met. Remember they were threatening to strike and boycott the Olympics this past summer? 

  2. Senator Patty Murray (D) Washington State & Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) New York formally requested details of revenue agreements from the marketing firm (Soccer United Marketing) that manages the marketing, promotional, and commercial rights to U.S. Soccer. The consolidation of deals and sponsorships for both the men’s and women’s team, keeps the exact amount of revenue dollars a mystery to most. The inquiry is not a formal subpoena, so the firm can ignore the request.  Click here to read the request.

  3. The Paycheck Fairness Act, a legislative resolution (which would amend the Equal Pay Act), passed in the Senate but failed in the House. It would prohibit employers from taking action against employees who disclose salary information with co-workers, equal pay violations would be stronger, and hold accountable employees to prove wage differences between men and women are caused by other factors besides gender.

  4. Carli Lloyd recently commented on the complaint, "Things are going well with that. It's my duty and our team's duty to continue this fight. I want to leave the game better off than when I came on.”

  5. FIFA has created a new Women’s Football Division, which should help improve gender-based wage equality around the world. Heading up the Division is former Samoan national team player Sarai Bareman, appointed as Chief Women’s Football Officer. She’ll also serve on the FIFA management Board, so this is great news to have such a high ranking female FIFA official, to add a different perspective to the table when discussing money allocations to Member Associations and women's development programs. 

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