Lawyers for the US Women’s National Team (USWNT) employer argued in a court filing on Monday that women athletes are less skilled and work less demanding jobs when compared to their male counterparts in a lawsuit.
The filing is a part of US Soccer’s attempt to prove that it has not been discriminating against the Women’s National Team and World Cup champion based on their gender.
According to the court documents that were filed in the equal pay trial, US Soccer lawyers are arguing that “the job of a man’s national team player carries more responsibility within US Soccer than the job of a women’s national team player”. Yes, you read that right.
They also pointed out to biological differences and “indisputable science” that women should be paid less because the men’s team “requires more skill” than the women’s team.
To add to that, the federation’s lawyers said that women’s national team stars like Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd are not as strong or as fast as players on the men’s team.
A US Soccer lawyer asked Lloyd if she thinks that the team could be competitive against the senior men’s national team, and Lloyd said that she’s not sure, and she sarcastically suggested that they “shall fight it out to see who wins and then to get paid more”.
Another lawyer for the organization asked Morgan if she thinks that it requires more skill to play for the US Men’s National team than the US Women’s National Team, and she replied that it doesn’t, because it’s a different skill.
According to a letter released this week from US Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro, his organization had offered an equal pay structure with the men’s national team, but the women had rejected it.
According to USWNT lawyers, the “equal pay” offer was based on a contract the men’s team had negotiated back in 2011, and the contract itself is in the middle of renegotiating.