USWNT trial moved to Sept. 15

Judge R. Gary Klausner has moved the trial on the remaining claims in the lawsuit filed by members of the U.S. women's national team against U.S. Soccer in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles from June 16 to Sept. 15. The pretrial conference was also postponed until Aug. 31.

On May 8, attorneys for members of the U.S. women's national team filed their first two motions related to the decision of the U.S. district court on May 1 to throw out their claim against U.S. Soccer under the Equal Pay Act.

The players filed what it termed a 54(b) motion, asking that a final judgment be entered in the aspect of the case related to the equal pay claim so they can immediately appeal the court's ruling to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The players asked that the trial on the remaining claims under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act currently scheduled to start June 16 in Los Angeles be postponed. They argue the delay will give the court time to decide the 54(b) motion. They want the trial on the remaining claims postponed if their appeal goes forward.

The jury trial relates to claims of disparities in charter flights, hotel accommodations and medical and training support staff and services between the men's and women's national teams).

On April 13, the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles suspended jury trials through June 1 because of the coronavirus. Public health officials Los Angeles County this week extended the county’s stay-at-home order indefinitely. Los Angeles County is California's epicenter of the coronavirus with more than 1,700 deaths so far.
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