The five captains of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team, Carli Lloyd, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Hope Solo, filed a complaint on behalf of their team with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) alleging that the U.S. Soccer Federation is in violation of wage discrimination laws. According to their claims, players on the national men’s team earn significantly higher paychecks for doing the same work that the women’s team does, and it appears that the women’s team does it better. The U.S. women’s team won the World Cup in 2015 and earned $2 million for their victory. In 2014, the men’s team earned $9 million for losing in round 16. Men are also paid 28% to 62% more than women for each game, depending on the match. Moreover, the U.S. Federation made a profit of $16 million on the women’s team in 2015, while it actually lost money on the men’s team.
U.S. employment laws demand equal pay for equal work. The EEOC will investigate the wage discrimination complaint and attempt to reach an agreement with the U.S. Soccer Federation. If an agreement cannot be reached, the EEOC may file an enforcement action.
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