A US court rejected a lawsuit filed by the American soccer team against the Football Association in which they demanded equal wages with male players.
And in a 32-page decision, a federal judge rejected the claim of the US team, who won the Women's World Championship 4 times, most recently in the last two versions they submitted on March 8.
Judge Gary Klausner of the United States District Court in Central California, Los Angeles, dismissed the argument of wage discrimination that players had filed against the local soccer association regarding their request for equal pay with their male counterparts.
The judge announced the postponement of the consideration of the players' demands regarding unequal treatment in residence, travel and other areas until a later time, knowing that the trial is scheduled to start on June 16, according to Agence France-Presse.
The Klausner decision is a painful blow to the American football team, led by superstar and feminist activist Megan Rabinoy, who has been fighting for their cause for several years.
However, the 28-year-old American women's team will not stop when the suit is rejected, as their spokeswoman, Molly Levinson, said they would "appeal the ruling."
In a statement, Levinson expressed the players ’shock and dissatisfaction with the court’s decision, and said,“ But we will not give up our hard work for equal pay. ”
"We have confidence in our portfolio and we are firm in our commitment to ensure that girls and women who practice this sport are not considered less important because of their gender," she added.
In his ruling, the judge said that women players had in the past rejected an agreement that would have allowed them to receive salaries on an equal basis with men for the national team for men.
He explained that "the history of negotiations between the parties shows that the women's team rejected an offer to obtain the same salaries as men, and that it gave up big rewards as concessions," according to Agence France-Presse.
American women players demand $ 66 million in salary arrears under the Equal Remuneration Act.