The USWNT has another win under their belt, this time in the courtroom.
On Monday, the settlement between the U.S. Women’s National Team and the U.S. Soccer Federation detailing unequal working conditions was approved by U.S. District Judge Gary Klausner. Reached back in September, the settlement addresses issues raised by the WNT about travel differences, hotel accommodations, staffing, and difference in venues of play between the women’s and men’s national team.
The settlement officially enables the USWNT to move ahead in the process of appealing the court’s ruling on equal pay.
“Giving these athletes access to facilities, training, care, and professional support is the next step needed in the long and hard work to grow the game of women’s football,” USWNT players spokesperson Molly Levinson said in a statement. “Now that this is behind us, we intend to appeal the court’s equal pay decision, which does not account for the fact that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job.”
U.S. Soccer has since issued a statement on the ruling:
U.S. Soccer Statement on USWNT Appeal of Judgement Dismissing Gender Discrimination Lawsuit pic.twitter.com/1AmZD17qhM— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) April 12, 2021
U.S. Soccer Statement on USWNT Appeal of Judgement Dismissing Gender Discrimination Lawsuit pic.twitter.com/1AmZD17qhM