A federal judge on Friday dismissed the United States women’s national team’s gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer, dealing the players a massive blow in their yearslong battle for equal pay.
Twenty-eight players filed the lawsuit in March 2019, arguing that they faced gender discrimination for several years. They were seeking more than $66 million in damages.
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The players, led by World Cup winners Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, and Megan Rapinoe – said they were paid less than their equivalents on the United States men’s national team.
U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner ruled that the women were actually paid more in total and on a per-game basis.
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