American Football

Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan ‘shocked’ by dismissal of equal pay claims, say they will keep fighting

Appearing in separate locations Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America," both called Friday's ruling a "shock.""This decision was out of left field for us," Morgan said. "I think for both sides it was unexpected, so we will definitely be appealing and moving forward. If anyone knows anything about the heart of this team, we are fighters, and we'll continue to fight together for this."US District Judge R. Gary Klausner in California wrote in his decision that members of the USWNT did not prove wage discrimination under the Equal Pay Act because the women's team played more games and made more money than the men's team.The women's team also rejected a collective bargaining agreement where they would have the same pay structure as the men's team in favor of a different CBA, Klausner wrote.The women's CBA guarantees that players will be compensated regardless of whether they play a match or not, while the men's CBA calls for players to be paid if they are called into camp to play and then participate in a match, according to the court filing.USWNT star Megan Rapinoe fears the coronavirus pandemic has ended her days as an OlympianKlausner wrote that the women were asking for a court to conclude that the women were paid less than men because had the women been paid under the men's CBA, they would have earned more than they did under their own CBA.But, according to Rapinoe: "The men's contract was never offered to us.""If we were under the men's contract, we would be making three times more," Rapinoe told ABC."You can look at the total compensation and say, 'Oh, the women's team made a little bit more.' In that time that we made just a little bit more, we've won two World Cups and we've won just about every single game that we've played in. So the rate of pay is just so different. And it's just so frustrating. To be honest, I think so many women go through this.Joe Biden threatens to cut US Soccer's World Cup funding unless women get equal pay"When we went through our CBA, I think the judge in the court ruling alluded to this, that now that the contracts have played out we're just saying that because we made less we would like to go to the men's contract."The men's contract was never offered to us and certainly not the same amount of money, so to say that we negotiated forRead More – Source