U.S. women's football players said they have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.
1. U.S. women's football players sued the US football Federation for being paid less money than their male counterparts.
2. US captain Alex Morgan said, "fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility".
3. The U.S. women's football team has three World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals.
All 28 members of the United States squad were named as plaintiffs in federal court in Los Angeles on International Women's Day and the lawsuit includes complaints about wages and nearly every other aspect of their working conditions.
The players, a group that includes stars Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, said they have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.
"Each of us is extremely proud to wear the United States jersey, and we also take seriously the responsibility that comes with that," U.S. co-captain Morgan said in a statement.
"We believe that fighting for gender equality in sports is a part of that responsibility. As players, we deserved to be paid equally for our work, regardless of our gender."
According to the lawsuit, filed three years after several players made a similar complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. football has "utterly failed to promote gender equality."
U.S. women's football Team sue the federation for the gender discrimination
Posted 09 Mar 2019 12:58 PM
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