Call for equal pay for American footballers scheduled for March 7


SAN FRANCISCO (AP)

Oral arguments in the appeal of players of the United States women’s national soccer team seeking equal pay are scheduled for March.

The 9th United States Court of Appeals said on Sunday that the hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. on March 7 in Pasadena, California. According to circuit court procedures, the identities of the three judges on the panel will be made public on February 28.

“We hope 2022 will be the year of peace and health – and equal pay. We look forward to these oral arguments, ”said players’ spokesperson Molly Levinson in a statement.

Players led by Alex Morgan sued the American Football Federation in March 2019, claiming they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement compared to what the men’s team receives under their agreement, which expired in December 2018. The women asked for over $ 64. million dollars in damages plus $ 3 million in interest under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles rendered summary judgment to the federation on the pay claim in May 2020. The judge ruled that the women had rejected a payout structure for playing similar to that of the men’s agreement with the USSF and agreed to higher base salaries and benefits than men. He allowed their allegation of discriminatory working conditions to be tried and the parties came to an agreement on this part.

The USSF said the women agreed to an employment contract with guaranteed pay higher than the men and additional benefits. The USSF said on September 14 that it had offered identical contracts to the men’s and women’s unions, which are separate and have no obligation under federal labor law to agree to similar terms.

The women’s union and the USSF agreed this month to extend their three-month employment contract until March.

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