US women have trial date on gender discrimination case pushed back to June

February 22 – The trial date for the gender discrimination lawsuit brought by US women players against the US Soccer Federation has been pushed back from May 5 to June 16.

Players sued the federation last year claiming they have not been paid equitably when compared to the men’s team and have asked for more than $66 million in damages.

The trial date was originally set for May 5 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Both sides had sought guidance from the court in light of the coronavirus outbreak and US District Judge Gary Klausner has now delayed the hearing.

US Soccer sparked outrage last March with language in a legal filing in the case that the job of playing on the men’s team required “greater skill based on speed and strength” than the women displayed, and that playing on the men’s team carried greater responsibility.

After an outcry from US women stars and sponsors the federation apologized, and Carlos Cordeiro resigned as US Soccer president. Cordeiro said he was ultimately responsible for U.S. Soccer’s legal strategy and that the language in the federation’s court documents was “unacceptable and inexcusable.”

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