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granted summary judgment one week ago in U.S. Soccer’s favor, arguing claims of the women being paid less than the men were insufficient enough for a trial. Claims of discrimination regarding charter flights and support services were allowed to go forward, with a court date tentatively scheduled for the first week of June.’ data-reactid=”17″>Judge R. Gary Klausner granted summary judgment one week ago in U.S. Soccer’s favor, arguing claims of the women being paid less than the men were insufficient enough for a trial. Claims of discrimination regarding charter flights and support services were allowed to go forward, with a court date tentatively scheduled for the first week of June.

The USWNT players filed a motion to appeal the equal pay ruling in U.S. Soccer Federation’s favor. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

via ESPN:‘ data-reactid=”34″>Said Molly Levinson, spokesperson for the players, in a statement late Friday via ESPN:

“The argument that women gave up a right to equal pay by accepting the best collective bargaining agreement possible in response to the federation’s refusal to put equal pay on the table is not legit reason for continuing to discriminate against them. Today we are filing a motion to allow us to appeal immediately the district court’s decision so that the Ninth Circuit will be able to review these claims.”

Without the motion, the plaintiffs — the players — could not get an appeal to move through the courts until the rest of the lawsuit went to trial and was concluded. That could be a while, especially during the pandemic’s uncertain times. If the motion is granted, the players can appeal the decision immediately and have it sent to the Ninth Circuit.

since chants of “equal pay” rang out at the World Cup and during the Canyon of Heroes parade in New York.’ data-reactid=”40″>The appeal shows the priority of the equal pay case, rather than the Title VII claims, which has been apparent since chants of “equal pay” rang out at the World Cup and during the Canyon of Heroes parade in New York.

stand with the women’s players’ “efforts to secure equal pay.” Presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also publicly backed the team, telling U.S. Soccer if it wasn’t going to have equal pay he would pull the 2026 World Cup funding if elected. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. won a joint bid for the tournament. And public support has been soundly in the team’s corner.’ data-reactid=”46″>The USMNT players association released a statement after the summary judgment that said they stand with the women’s players’ “efforts to secure equal pay.” Presumptive democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden also publicly backed the team, telling U.S. Soccer if it wasn’t going to have equal pay he would pull the 2026 World Cup funding if elected. Canada, Mexico and the U.S. won a joint bid for the tournament. And public support has been soundly in the team’s corner.

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