Five U.S. female soccer stars are demanding equal pay as their male counterparts and has filed wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on Thursday. Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Megan Rapinoe are also parties to the complaint.
The female players claimed they generate more income than their male footballers for example, the women earned $2 million for winning the 2015 World Cup while the men earned $9 million after being eliminated from the world’s top tournament in 2014, the complaint said.
The women’s team has won three World Cup titles and four Olympic gold medals, made at least $16 million for the federation in 2015 while the men’s team lost money for the entity.
The federation said negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement that addresses compensation are ongoing and will go into effect when the agreement expires at the end of this year.