U.S. women's soccer team sues for discrimination

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Published on March 9, 2019 - Duration: 01:44s

U.S. women's soccer team sues for discrimination

The U.S. women’s national soccer team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation on Friday with allegations of gender discrimination just three months before they open their World Cup title defense in France.

Lisa Bernhard reports.

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U.S. women's soccer team sues for discrimination

The U.S. women’s soccer team has enjoyed unparalleled success, winning four Olympic gold medals and three World Cup titles – its latest, in 2015, the most-watched soccer game in American TV history with 23 million viewers.

The men’s team has never won either tournament, and yet, the men earn more prize money than the women.

A lot more.

Which is why on Friday the women’s team slapped the U.S. Soccer Federation with a lawsuit, alleging gender discrimination on the basis of salary and nearly every other aspect of their working conditions.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) REUTERS TV CORRESPONDENT LISA BERNHARD SAYING, "I’m Lisa Bernhard in New York.

The suit was filed on International Women’s Day and just 3 months before the team tries to defend its World Cup title in France.

Despite recently bringing in more profit and revenue than the men, the women claim their travel conditions, medical personnel and promotion fall far short by comparison." All 28 members of the U.S. squad are named plaintiffs, including stars Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd.

Last October, international soccer governing body FIFA said it will double the total prize money for this year’s women’s World Cup to $30 million, with the winning team taking home $4 million.

The total prize money for last year’s men’s World Cup was $400 million, with champions France receiving $38 million.

The U.S. players are also seeking class-action status that would allow any women who played for the team since February 2015 to join the case.

The U.S. Soccer Federation did not respond when asked to comment on the suit.

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