Women’s team files wage-discrimination action against U.S. Soccer

Five members of the women’s national team filed a wage-discrimination action against the U.S. Soccer Federation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Thursday.

Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Hope Solo filed the motion on behalf of the entire team. The filing cites figures from the federation’s 2015 financial report to show the men’s national team is paid nearly four times more than the women’s national team, even though the latter earned $20 million more in revenue last year.

“Recently, it has become clear that the federation has no intention of providing us equal pay for equal work,” Rapinoe said in a press release.

The U.S. Soccer Federation said it was “disappointed” to learn of the motion.

“While we have not seen this complaint and can’t comment on the specifics of it, we are disappointed about this action,” the USSF said in a statement. “We have been a world leader in women’s soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women’s game in the United States over the past 30 years.”

The U.S. national women’s team is the current World Cup and Olympic titleholder.

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