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Equal-pay claimed by US women’s national soccer team set for trial on May 

Written by FDM

Raised at the last World Cup in France, the issue of equal pay between United States’ women and men soccer players will be the subject of a lawsuit on May 5, 2020.

The gender discrimination lawsuit filed by members of the US women’s national football (soccer) team against their Federation to claim equal pay as that of their male counterparts has been scheduled for trial starting May 5, a spokeswoman for the players said.

This discrimination complaint, which seeks in particular to denounce the inequity of wages and working conditions between men and women in soccer, was filed on March 8 by 28 female soccer players. Although discussions have begun between the two parties, they are currently at a standstill. The announcement of the date of the trial, decided Monday by federal judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles (California), comes a week after the freeze on these talks.

“We are pleased with the expeditious schedule that has been set by the court and we are eager to move forward this case,” Molly Levinson, spokeswoman for the players, said Tuesday. “We very much look forward to the trial in May 2020 when the players will have their day in court.

“We have every confidence that these world champion athletes will get what they legally deserve — nothing less than equal pay and working conditions.” She added.