USWNT Players Seek Over $66 Million in Damages from U.S. Soccer

Per CBS, Players on the U.S. women’s national team are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The damages were included in slew of papers filed Thursday night in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles ahead of a trial scheduled to start May 5.

Among the documents filed were the separate collective bargaining agreements of the U.S. men’s and women’s teams, which had not previously been made public.

TheHill reports the U.S. women’s national team soccer players are seeking more than $66 million in damages as part of their ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), the Associated Press reported.

The players sued the federation in March 2019 on allegations of institutionalized discrimination over compensation between the men and women’s teams. The trial is scheduled to begin May 5.

The damages were included in a Thursday night filing in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

The separate collective bargaining agreements of the men and women’s teams were also made public with the filing. The agreements showed a disparity in bonuses between men and women players, but they also demonstrated different pay structures for the teams, the AP reported.

Multiple pre-trial depositions were also included in the documents filed Thursday. Soccer star and player on the women’s national team Megan Rapinoe said in her Jan. 16 deposition that Russell Sawyer, an attorney for the USSF, stated during a June 2016 bargaining session in that “market realities are such that the women do not deserve to be paid equally to the men,” the AP reported.

Former USSF President Sunil Gulati said during a Dec. 17 deposition that “There is an absolute difference, which not everyone seemed to agree to, but do I think that it’s less attractive or less entertaining? I’m not saying that. Or relative quality, I’m not saying that,” he said. “But I’m also not saying, in terms of absolute level of — whether it’s speed or strength, they’re the same. I think most people would accept that, too,” the AP reported.