Former goalkeeper Hope Solo protests US Soccer’s equal pay deal for women


LOS ANGELES — Former goalkeeper Hope Solo protested an equal pay lawsuit between her former teammates and the U.S. Soccer Federation, filing a notice in federal court.

Solo sued the USSF in August 2018 for violating the federal Equal Pay and Gender Discrimination Act.

While Solo’s case did not proceed to trial, the players, led by Alex Morgan, filed a lawsuit against the USSF the following year under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. These players and the USSF achieved a proposed a $24 million settlement this spring, and U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles scheduled a Dec. 5 hearing for final approval.

As part of the settlement, the USSF signed collective bargaining agreements with the unions for the women’s and men’s national teams demanding equal pay.

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Soccer player Hope Solo sits on stage before “Champion & Activist: An Evening With Hope Solo” at the University of New Mexico on January 27, 2020 in Albuquerque.

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Solo filed a notice of objection on Tuesday and said she intends to attend the hearing either in person or through her attorney.

“It is unfair to ask players to accept as ‘fair, reasonable and reasonable’ a settlement in which the only thing that is described and explained with certainty is how much the lawyers will be paid,” Solo said in a statement issued by her lawyer. AJ de Bartolomeo.

Solo said $7.9 million of the $22 million settlement fund went to lawyers.

“Without knowing how much each player — including me — will be paid for our Title VII claims, or when we will be paid, it is impossible for the players to determine whether the proposed settlement and any payment each will receive is fair, adequate, or not. reasonable,” she said.

USSF had no immediate comment, according to spokesman Neil Buethe.

“This historic resolution was recognized as one of the largest victories for equal pay,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the group of plaintiff players, said in a statement. “We look forward to the final court approval hearing.”



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