Top female soccer players of the United States women’s national team are accusing US Soccer of wage discrimination. The five players who feel that it is unfair that men get paid more than women in the same sport have filed a federal complaint regarding this matter.
As reported on Thursday, the five players that decided to file on behalf of the entire team for being treated with unfair wages are Becky Sauerbrunn, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, and Hope Solo. All five players are well known World Cup and Olympic champions in women’s soccer with the US national team.
The five players feel that the women’s soccer team is the driving economic force for US Soccer. They claim that their accomplishments have been far better than what the men’s team have accomplished for the US. They feel that they are bringing championship titles to the US, while the men’s team just go to championships.
As reported, goalkeeper Hope Solo basically put it bluntly by stating that “the numbers speak for themselves.” She also added that the women’s team is the best in the world with three World Cup championships and four Olympic championships. She concluded by saying that, despite their accomplishments, they get paid far less than the men who only show up at major tournaments.
Basically, the five female soccer players filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). With the filing, the players also requested an investigation to be conducted on the US Soccer’s payment structure.
In the complaint, the women are also seeking to get back pay or at least start negotiating. As for the US Soccer Federation, they are disappointed with the complaint, since it feels that the federation helped build the sport. The federation claims that it was them that boosted the level of playing and have a lot to do with the reason why the women’s soccer team is the best in the world.
Despite the US Soccer Federation’s success with the USWNT, the top female soccer players are going through with their filing of discrimination. They want to prove that they are underpaid women in the same working environment as men.