What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe

“Sometimes it’s just nice for someone to say, ‘I believe you and I am validating what you’ve been saying. We have an internal belief in what we’re doing. But to have someone, and in this case someone very important in this case, say, ‘I believe what you’re saying,’ is very important.”

-- U.S. women's national team star Megan Rapinoe on the decision of Judge R. Gary Klausner to grant all women's national team players class-action status, and not just the original 28 players, in their gender discrimination suit against U.S. Soccer in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Klausner ruled that the "failure to provide [women’s national team players] with equal working conditions is a real [not abstract] injury" and rejected as "absurd" the argument that there could be no discrimination under federal law because the (aggregate) amount many women's national team players earned was more than the top-earning men's national team players over the same period. (New York Times)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Megan Rapinoe".
  1. Bob Ashpole, November 9, 2019 at 10:26 a.m.

    While the order is procedural, the specific rulings the judge made are very bad news for USSF on the merits of the case, except in one respect. The certified class is limited to the WNT players since 2015 and does not include the women's soccer program in general, i.e., amateur soccer.

    The really interesting question to me is not what money damages are owed, but what injunctive relief will be sought and given. A settlement agreement could still provide provisions requiring equal support for women's and girl's amateur soccer in the future.

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