Alex Morgan et al. v. U.S. Soccer Federation, 9th Cir. No. 21-55356
The U.S. Women’s National Team is the best team in women’s soccer history and the players on the team are some of the greatest athletes in the world. Despite their unparalleled successes, they have never been paid equally to the men’s team by the U.S. Soccer Federation, the organization that employs the players on the teams. Win, draw, or lose, the women were paid less than the men. The USWNT players sued the Federation for sex-based pay-discrimination in violation of two federal antidiscrimination laws, the Equal Pay Act and TItle VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The district court ruled in favor of the Federation, concluding that the women had been paid equally becuase they recieved about the same amount of money as the men – ignoring that the women had to be much, much more successful than the men to make up the difference in their rates of pay. We represent the USWNT players in their appeal of that decision.