USA Women will now turn its attention to an appeal of the equal pay tribunal ruling after approving their equal working conditions agreement.
The American Football Federation (USSF) settled a long-standing working conditions lawsuit and took it to Federal Court in Los Angeles in December of last year.
Their demand for equal pay, which was publicly supported by the union that represents male players, was rejected by a court in May 2020.
“We are pleased that the Court has approved the level playing field for which USWNT players have fought for many years,” said Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the players of the United States Women’s National Team. United (USWNT).
“Finally, giving these athletes access to facilities, training, care and professional support is the necessary next step in the long, hard work of developing women’s football.
“Now that this is behind us, we intend to appeal the court’s ruling on equal pay, which ignores the fact that female players were paid at lower rates than men. who do the same job.
“We are more committed than ever to our work to achieve the equal pay we legally deserve and we are focused on the future and ensuring that we leave the game in a better place for the next generation of women who will play.” for this team and our country. “
The U.S. Women’s National Team players sued their governing body in 2019, alleging gender discrimination in a lawsuit containing complaints about wages and playing conditions.
The complaint was significant as the team continued to win their fourth World Cup title in France that summer, and fans backed them up, chanting ‘equal pay’ in the World Cup final .
Last month, USA Women forward Megan Rapinoe renewed her call for equal pay, appearing before a congressional panel and pledging to “carry the torch” alongside her teammates.
Rapinoe told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that the World Cup winners exceeded the achievements of their male counterparts but received inadequate pay and playing conditions.
“We have worked just as much, we are training just as hard. We are competing to bring trophies back to the United States, to bring gold medals to the United States,” she said.