Judge denies American women's soccer immediate appeal
A federal judge denied a motion by American soccer players to appeal immediately against his decision to claim unequal pay from the U.S. Football Association.
Los Angeles District Court judge R. Gary Klausner has scheduled a trial on September 15 for the players' remaining entitlement to discriminatory working conditions.
The women's lawyers had asked him to give a final judgment on his decision to dismiss the salary claim, which would have allowed them to take the case to the 9th US Court of Appeals in San Francisco.
"The granting of an immediate remedy will not rule out the possibility of two legal proceedings or the possibility of successive legal remedies with interlocking facts," wrote Klausner on Tuesday. '' The court rejected the parties' request to stay the proceedings pending an appeal. And should a jury make a judgment unfavorable for the plaintiffs over their remaining claims, there is no reason to believe that the plaintiffs will not appeal against this decision. ''
Klauser decided on May 1 that the women could not demonstrate any discrimination based on pay and partially accepted the USSF's request for a partially summary judgment. He said the women's national union declined an offer to be paid under the same pay-to-play structure as the men's national collective agreement, and women accepted guaranteed salaries and higher benefits along with another Bonus structure.
He also refused to bring to justice the allegations that discriminated against women for playing more artificial turf games.
Klausner left intact claims that the USSF had discriminated against the use of charter planes and spending on commercial flights, hotel accommodation, and medical and training support services.
"In one way or another, we want to appeal the court's decision, which does not take into account the central fact in this case that players were paid less than men who do the same job," said Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman from the players said in a statement.
"Today's decision simply means that it may take longer to file an appeal, and reminds us that we must not give up our efforts in and beyond the field of injustice," said Levinson. "While facing major challenges, we are strengthened by the fact that our efforts are part of the larger equality movement that is currently taking place in our country."
The new USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone - a former international - said she hoped an agreement could be reached. The current collective agreement expires on December 31, 2021.
Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, demanding damages in excess of $ 66 million.
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