USWNT lawsuit: Team agrees to mediation in discrimination lawsuit against U.S

U.S. Soccer Federation Women’s National Team Agree to Mediation Pay After World Cup		Getty Images  Ronald MartinezDYLAN GWINN21 Jun 2019

U.S. Soccer Federation Women’s National Team Agree to Mediation Pay After World Cup Getty Images Ronald MartinezDYLAN GWINN21 Jun 2019

In an effort to avoid the courtroom, the United States women's national team and the U.S. Soccer Federation tentatively agreed Friday to mediation to resolve a discrimination lawsuit filed by the players earlier this year, a U.S. Soccer spokesman confirmed Yahoo Sports.

Five USWNT players filed a pay discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer in March 2016.

The federal class-action lawsuit was filed March 8 by almost 30 players, including all of the World Cup roster.

The players, including stars Megan Rapinoe, Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan, say they have been consistently paid less money than their male counterparts even though their performance has been superior to the men's team.

If the plan goes ahead, mediation is expected to begin shortly after the Women's World Cup ends July 7, according to the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

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"It would be truly remarkable for these games to mark the beginning of pay equity".

U.S. Soccer and Levinson did not immediately respond to requests for comment by Reuters.

Since 1999, when Brandi Chastain caused a stir in the Women's World Cup by tearing off her shirt in celebration of a win against China, the US women's team has gotten better and better.

"While we welcome the opportunity to mediate, we are disappointed the plaintiffs' counsel felt it necessary to share this news publicly during the Women's World Cup and create any possible distraction from the team's focus on the tournament and success on the field", a U.S. Soccer spokesman told the outlet.

The mediation is set to take place after the World Cup ends, with the USWNT now set to face Spain on Monday in the last 16 after winning all three of their group-stage matches, setting a record in the process.

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