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The US women’s national team (USWNT) was seeking damages amounting to $66 million under the Equal Pay Act.
But in a major blow to the women’s team’s case, the judge threw out a major component of their complaint – namely that they were not paid equally in comparison to the men’s team – after deciding that the women’s team had actually been paid MORE than their male counterparts.
While the female players’ equal pay claims were dismissed, other aspects of their overall case – including claims that they did not receive equal treatment to the male players with regard to travel, training and accommodation – remain on the table, with the court ruling those claims can proceed to a trial on June 16.
A statement from US Soccer said the organization was determined to work with the women’s team in order to “chart a positive path forward to grow the game both here at home and around the world.”
“US Soccer has long been the world leader for the women’s game on and off the field and we are committed to continuing that work,” the statement continued.