Sunday, 3 May 2020

Women Football: Biden supports US soccer team

Biden backs US women's team after lawsuit setback

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Saturday voiced his support for the US women's soccer team, a day after it suffered a setback in its gender discrimination lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation.

The team's claims for equal pay were dismissed by a court on Friday, handing a victory to US Soccer.

The former vice president is looking to unseat incumbent Republican Donald Trump in November's US presidential election.

The World Cup-winning team's long-running feud with US Soccer has been a very public and bitter battle and the players had been seeking $66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act.

On Friday, Judge R Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California threw out the players' claims that they were underpaid in comparison with the men's national team.

The court allowed complaints of unfair medical, travel, and training to proceed to trial, which is set for June 16.

"The WNT (Women's National Team) has been paid more on both a cumulative and an average per-game basis than the MNT (Men's National Team) over the class period," the court said in its summary judgment.

Last month US Soccer president Carlos Cordeiro resigned over the language used in a court filing suggesting women possess less ability than men when it comes to soccer.

The language prompted an on-field protest by players, who wore their warm-up jerseys inside out to obscure the US Soccer logo prior to a game, and a critical response from several of the team's commercial sponsors.


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