Ex-goalkeeper Hope Solo opposes US Soccer equal pay deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former goaltender Hope Solo has opposed the equal pay lawsuit between her former teammates and the United States Soccer Federation, filing notice in federal court.

Solo sued the USSF in August 2018, alleging violations of federal equal pay law and gender discrimination.

Although Solo’s case did not go to trial, players managed by Alex Morgan filed suit against the USSF the following year under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the civil rights law. Those players and the USSF reached a proposed $24 million settlement this spring, and U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a hearing for Dec. 5 for final approval.

As part of the settlement, the USSF signed collective bargaining agreements with unions for the women‘s and men’s national teams calling for equal pay.

Solo filed a notice of objection on Tuesday and said she intended to attend the hearing in person or through her attorney.

“It is unfair to ask players to accept as ‘fair, adequate and reasonable’ a settlement in which the only thing that is described and explained with certainty is the amount of attorneys’ fees,” Solo said in a statement released by his lawyer. AJ from Bartolomeo.

Solo cited $7.9 million from the $22 million settlement fund as going to attorneys.

“Without knowing how much each player – including me for our Title VII claims – will be paid, or when we will be paid, it is impossible for players to determine whether the proposed settlement and the payment we each receive is fair, adequate or reasonable, she said.

The USSF had no immediate comment, spokesman Neil Buethe said.

“This historic resolution has been recognized as one of the greatest victories for equal pay,” Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the group of prosecuted players, said in a statement. “We look forward to the court’s final approval hearing.”

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