U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Sues U.S. Soccer for Gender Discrimination

March 8, 2019

Just in time for International Women's Day, the U.S. women's national soccer team sued its governing body on Friday for gender discrimination. All 28 current team members reportedly signed onto the lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation--a move The New York Times calls "a sudden and significant escalation of a long-running fight over pay equity and working conditions." It's also a class-action filing that requests back pay and dates back to February 4, 2015--meaning dozens more former players could sign on. The team's latest legal action follows a wage-discrimination complaint filed that five team members filed in 2016 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. That complaint resulted in a 2017 agreement that reportedly increased players’ base pay by more than 30 percent, although it still did not bring women’s salaries up to the level of those earned by players on the men’s soccer team.