District Judge Gary Klausner dismissed the players' equal-pay claim in their lawsuit against the US Soccer Federation in May, allowing claims of gender discrimination to go ahead.
Players on the women's national team sued the federation last March alleging institutionalised gender discrimination. The collective bargaining agreements showed a disparity in bonuses and highlighted different pay structures between the two teams.
US lawmakers have proposed legislation that would block federal funding for the 2026 Men's World Cup – to be hosted jointly by the United States, Mexico and Canada – until the federation pays its women's national team "fair and equitable wages".
The 28 members of the current US women's national soccer team filed the lawsuit alleging ongoing "institutionalised gender discrimination" concluding that a top-tier women's player would make only 38 percent of a similarly situated men's player.
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