Judge approves $24 million equal pay settlement for U.S. women's soccer team

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In a big win for the U. S. women's soccer team, a Los Angeles federal judge granted preliminary approval last week for a $24 million pay discrimination settlement. The initial complaint was filed in 2016 by players who alleged that their male counterparts were being paid nearly four times more. The lawsuit followed three years later. Damages were sought under the federal Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

U. S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner originally dismissed the players' claim in 2020, and ruled that during the timeframe covered in the lawsuit, the U.S. women's team had made more than their male counterparts, though the women played more games. The lawsuit continued after an appeal was granted.

Molly Levinson, the spokesperson for the players, tweeted, "We are pleased that the Court granted preliminary approval for the Historic Equal Pay Resolution today," adding, "We look forward to celebrating this hard fought victory for women and girls at the final hearing," which is slated to take place on Dec. 5.

Under the settlement, which was initially announced in February, $22 million will be split into amounts proposed by the players. The remaining $2 million will be placed into a fund established by the U. S. Soccer Federation, which will both benefit players after the end of their soccer careers, and go towards charitable endeavors that aim to create more opportunities for women in the sport.... (Read more)

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