The United States Soccer Federation asked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for the dismissal of wage discrimination complains that was raised by the national women team.
The Soccer Federation was mentioned in the complaint filed in March this year by five female players of the national squad that won the World Cup.
The players complained that the earnings of the male counterpart of the national team were four times more than theirs. The USSF responded via a statement it sent to the Chicago office of the EEOC by Latham & Watkins, which is the law firm representing the federation. The statement read that there is no evidence that the body was acting with any sort of discriminatory motive or is in violation of the law.
The letter that was sent contained detailed financial information regarding the team’s compensation structure. The statement read:
“The suggestion that US Soccer has been anything other than strongly suporrtive of the WNT is deeply disappointing and inaccurate.”
The EEOC compliant came after the federation filed a lawsuit against the players’ union in an attempt to establish it has a contract with the soccer players association that was set to run till the 31st of December this year. On the other hand, the union maintains that the memorandum of understanding agreed to in March 2013 can be called off when dim fit.
This dispute could lead to the possibility that preparations for the women’s team could be stopped ahead of the summer Olympics in Brazil.
Base pay for the player is $72,000 for most of the players with bonuses based on appearances and wins. The women also earn salaries for play in the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as certain benefits that the men are not entitled to. The federation insists that the team is the highest compensated women’s national soccer team in the world, asking that the case be struck off.