United States National Football Team Players Appeal Equal Pay Trial Decision


In May 2020, Judge Gary Klausner ruled that there was no basis to prove the players’ claims that the American Football Federation (USSF) financially discriminated against women based on their gender.

Klausner said women play more games and earn more money than their male counterparts and rejected a collective agreement (CBA) where they would have the same pay structure as the men’s team in favor of another CBA.

The players denied being offered the same CBA as the men’s team.

In a statement, the 28 current and former players announced on Friday that their legal team had filed an appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, calling the 2020 district court decision “legally flawed.”

The players said in the statement that Klausner’s decision was “based on a flawed analysis of the team’s pay, despite the abundant evidence of unequal pay.”

“If a woman has to work more than a man and be much more successful than him to earn roughly the same pay, it is decidedly not equal pay and it violates the law,” the door said on Friday. word of the player, Molly Levinson.

“And yet that’s exactly what the US national team players do – they play more games and get better results so they get paid roughly the same amount as the US national team players. Men’s national team per game. Whatever the measure, it is not equal pay, and it violates federal law. “

USSF answered the call via a tweet, claiming that the 2020 ruling “correctly ruled that the women’s national team was paid more both cumulatively and on average per game than the men’s national team.”

The federation said it was committed to guaranteeing equal pay and that it “would continue to seek a resolution of this case outside the courts”.

In December 2020, players reached agreement with USSF on their Title VII claims ensure they receive equal working conditions, such as benefits of equal flights, coaches and hotel accommodations.
Next to a 3-0 loss to Sweden In their opening match at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, the Americans face New Zealand on Saturday, July 24 in Saitama, Japan.

CNN’s Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.


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