Twenty-eight U.S. Soccer feminists have filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination, claiming they make less than their male counterparts. The case will be heard in May.
The suit alleges this gap in pay is based solely on the fact that the players are women. They claim there is no reason they should be making less money than male U.S. Soccer players.
U.S. Soccer responded with an open letter to expressing disbelief towards the women’s players claims, considering the numerous increases in investing women’s soccer as well as all the bonuses and healthcare that are not offered to their male counterparts.
Although they were chastised publicly by both men and women’s soccer teams, U.S. Soccer hired two lobbyists from Washington, D.C. to go before congress to deny the claims of unequal pay as reported by POLITICO.
“In meetings late last month, the lobbyists circulated a presentation, obtained by POLITICO, that emphasizes the benefits the women’s team players receive – including a guaranteed salary, maternity leave, a nanny subsidy, health benefits, retirement perks, and injury protection – that players on the men’s team do not.”
In fact, female players made a higher average salary in 2018 than male players.
“The presentation states the women’s team players were paid far more than those on the men’s team last year, earning $275,478 in average cash compensation per player, compared with $57,283 for the men’s team,” according to the report.
Female players also receive a base salary, which is not guaranteed to any male soccer player.
It will be the job of the defense attorney for U.S. Soccer to prove that the difference in pay is based on “differences in aggregate revenue generated by the different teams and/or any other factor other than sex,” as stated in the open letter.
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