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The United States women's national team's fight for equal pay suffered a major blow Friday evening with a federal judge tossing out the team's lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, according to the New York Times.

R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California delivered a summary judgment in which he ruled the team was not underpaid compared to the men's national team.

The players have already announced their intention to appeal.

While Klausner's 32-page decision dismissed the allegations of unequal pay, claims asserting violations of the Civil Rights Act will move forward to a June 16 trial in Los Angeles. The players are arguing the USWNT is discriminated against in travel, hotel accommodations, medical support and training services.


"We are shocked and disappointed with today's decision, but we will not give up our hard work for equal pay," Molly Levinson, a spokesperson for the players, wrote in a statement sent to the New York Times. "We are confident in our case and steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that girls and women who play this sport will not be valued as lesser just because of their gender.

"We have learned that there are tremendous obstacles to change; we know that it takes bravery and courage and perseverance to stand up to them. We will appeal and press on."

In seeking an appeal, Anne M. Peterson and Ronald Blum of the Associated Press noted the June 16 trial is subject to delay. An appeal could take anywhere between 12-20 months, per UCLA law professor Steven Bank. The players have already spent five years arguing for fair pay.

Klausner's decision in that regard calls into question the USWNT's collective bargaining tactics, writing in part: "Plaintiffs cannot now retroactively deem their CBA worse than the [men's national team] CBA by reference to what they would have made had they been paid under the MNT's pay-to-play terms structure when they themselves rejected such a structure."

The two-time defending FIFA World Cup champions were seeking more than $66 million in damages for what it asserts are violations of the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by the United States Soccer Federation.
 

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Good. They were arguing in bad faith. What they are asking for is a raise, not equality. High profile 'gender wage gap' cases usually fall into this category. Fk the other women, I need to get mine and using your real issue as a bargaining chip. When men face a wage gap issue, it is brushed under the table as tough luck women are doing better. The movement is so hypocritical at the top.
 

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Men don't even get paid the same as other men. Any lawyer for the men's association will rip them to shreds with the cold hard proof. Any self respecting judge couldn't possibly rule in their favour given all the facts.
 

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These women need teach about Econ 101 supply and demand, even MLS still have high demand more than USWNT.
 

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The USWNT are a niche product, moreso than the male team. The only reason why they're relevant is because Murkans loves seeing a team representing the USA winning in a sport middle-class WASP and blacks don't care much for, and because the pretty players provide for a cheap wank if your internet's down.

Outside of that, the women's team are not an attention-grabbing entity outside of the Women's World Cup and the Olympics, and thus are a financial liability for the US Football Association. Judge made the right decision.
 

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Imagine getting hammered by an MLS teams under-15s male youth squad and still thinking you deserve to be paid as much as the mens adult national team.
 

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Biden is being such an idiot in supporting this case. Women don't even watch woman sports. Solve that issue first and the money will follow.
 

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Joe Biden weighs in, sides with the women. Says he would deny funding for World Cup if President over it.

Joe Biden gives U.S. Soccer ultimatum: Equal pay, or no World Cup funding

Well considering the US have already won the rights to host which I guess includes a shit ton of iron clad contracts stating they have to run it I doubt Sleep Joe could even pull a single dollar from it. Thankfully more of a chance on me boning Alex Morgan than there is of Biden becoming President.
 
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