US Women’s Soccer’s Argument for Equal Pay Just Got Stronger – Bloomberg

U.S. Soccer has long justified paying the men’s national team more than the women in part because, it argues, the men’s team earns more money.

That rationale took a beating this week, when the men’s team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, a shocking result that also hurts U.S. Soccer’s bottom line.

“The women have always been doing the same job as the men, for the same employer, and doing it better — not, at least as good, but better,” said Jeffrey Kessler, the labor lawyer who is representing the women in the complaint to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. “The fact that the men did not make the World Cup just underscores, emphasizes, emphatically emboldens the point.”

As women’s sports have grown more popular, so has the pressure on sports teams to re-examine the pay policy for male and female players. Norway this week said it will pay its men and women’s national soccer players equally for the first time. U.S. Hockey earlier this year said it will do the same.

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