U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team suing for discrimination.
The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association has filed a class action lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination relating to discrepancies in pay. According to their statement, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team players earn 38% of what their male counterparts earn.
This pay discrepancy has gained particular focus due to the outstanding success of the women’s team in international play, especially when compared to the men’s team. This example has critics once again calling for stronger labor protections, outlawing pay discrimination based on sex. The Equal Pay Act of 1963 was designed to abolish wage discrimination based in gender, though the efficacy of that law has been called into question.
Critics on the other side of the argument focus on differences in revenue between the men’s and women’s teams, as with other sports such as professional basketball. However, as reporting from the New York Times revealed, the women’s team eclipsed the men’s team in revenue in 2016.
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