Buzz Bulletin: USWNT Seeks More Than $66 Million In Lawsuit Damages

By: Whitney Carroll McKinnon
Posted: February 22, 2020

The case’s plaintiffs are seeking more than $66 million in their gender discrimination lawsuit.

The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team’s battle for equal pay took another step on Thursday. Documents have been filed with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles in advance of the upcoming trial (which is scheduled to begin in May of this year), and they contain details that were previously unknown to the public.

According to the documents, plaintiffs from the USWNT are seeking more than $66 million in damages against the U.S. Soccer Federation in their class-action gender discrimination lawsuit. The figure, which was reached by an economic consulting group, includes interest and more than $6 million in back pay. 

The U.S.S.F. also filed paperwork, in which they asked the court to dismiss the case against them. They claim that members of the USWNT are paid according to the collective bargaining agreement reached by both sides and that they aren’t actually being underpaid since they’re eligible to receive different types of compensation than their male counterparts, some of which include childcare, parenting leave, and healthcare options. You know, basic human stuff.

We’ll keep you updated as this unfolds. With the team set to represent U.S. soccer in the Tokyo Olympics this summer, it will be interesting to see how this situation shakes out.

Congrats, Newlyweds!

Congratulations are in order for JJ Watt and Kealia Ohai! The Texans’ defensive juggernaut tied the knot with the Chicago Red Stars soccer pro in the Bahamas last Saturday, and the pair couldn’t look happier.

(That dress, though. )

Congratulations to the super cute and ultra-talented couple!

Worth Watching

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the ‘Miracle on Ice’, when the U.S. hockey team upset the heavily favored Soviet Union in the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. A landmark victory in the midst of the Cold War, the American win over the four-time defending gold medalists has repeatedly been called the greatest moment in sports history. The U.S. went on to beat Finland for their second ever gold medal in hockey—not bad for a team made entirely of amateur players. Here’s the last minute of the game, including Al Michaels’ iconic final call. Chills.

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