Members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation, accusing the organization of discriminating against them based on their gender.
According to the lawsuit, the USSF has discriminated against the players’ gender on a number of levels, including their salaries the types of fields on which they play.
“Despite the fact that these female and male players are called upon to perform the same job responsibilities on their teams and participate in international competitions for their single common employer, the USSF, the female players have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts,” the players wrote in the lawsuit.
The soccer players claim that USSF has continually rejected their requests for pay equal to pay afforded to the MNT players and continued to use a pay scale that favored men.
The plaintiffs allege that the women’s national team players were given $15,000 a piece for making the 2015 World Cup roster, while men were given $55,000 the year before. They also say that the men’s team has earned $5.375 million in bonuses for their performance in the 2014 World Cup, while the women won $1.725 million for winning the 2015 tournament.
Finances aren’t the only way the female soccer players are treated unfairly, according to the lawsuit. The soccer players allege that they’re treated unfairly in terms of travel accommodations and playing conditions. They have to play on artificial surfaces more often than the men and receive charter flights to games less frequently than the men do.