U.S. women’s national team players have asked to delay the June 16 trial concerning their gender equality lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
The women’s attorneys filed a motion on Friday night, asking U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles to enter a final judgment on his decision to dismiss their pay claim while allowing allegations of discriminatory work conditions to move forward. That would allow the players to take the case to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
It was the second consecutive Friday night that news emanating about the lawsuit came out.
According to the Associated Press, the USSF has agreed not to oppose the requests, but the organization did not agree with some characterizations made by the players’ lawyers.
If Klausner agrees with the players to delay the trial, it probably will be postponed until 2021 at the earliest, the according to AP. It also would allow more time for settlement negotiations and for negotiations on a new labor deal to replace the collective bargaining agreement that is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2001. Former U.S. women’s standout Cindy Parlow Cone recently assumed the role of USSF president after Carlos Cordeiro resigned.
“Equal pay means paying women players the same rate for winning a game as men get paid. The argument that women are paid enough if they make close to the same amount as men while winning more than twice as often is not equal pay,” players spokesperson Molly Levinson said in a statement.