Back in March, members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging members of the team are paid less than members of the men’s team, violating the federal Equal Pay Act. The players argue they are paid almost four times less than their male counterparts (for example, if the women’s team wins the world cup, each player gets a $75,000 bonus; if the men’s team wins, each player gets a staggering bonus of $9.375 million).
Little has happened publicly since the players filed their complaint, likely because the EEOC is busy investigating. However, last week, the U.S. Senate passed a non-binding resolution urging the U.S. Soccer Federation to end gender pay disparities. The resolution is an important gesture in the fight for equal pay and adds public pressure in favor of the team’s allegations. Even so, it carries no legal weight and the Soccer Federation is free to ignore it (which seems likely given its history). The players still must fight their battle in the legal system, which we noted in an earlier blog post, isn’t always easy. It will be interesting to see whether the Senate’s resolution softens the Soccer Federation’s tone or whether the organization will continue to take a hard line approach to the pay issue.
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/69434422@N00/19415602488″>At the ticker tape parade for the US Women’s World Cup winning team</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/”>(license)</a>