Ex-star goalie Hope Solo objects to women’s equal pay deal with U.S. Soccer
LOS ANGELES — Former goalkeeper Hope Solo objected to the equal pay lawsuit between her former teammates and the U.S. Soccer Federation, filing a notice in federal court.
Solo sued the USSF in August 2018 alleging violations of the federal Equal Pay Act and sex status discrimination.
While Solo’s case hasn’t progressed to trial, players led by Alex Morgan filed suit against the USSF the following year under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Those players and the USSF reached a proposed $24 million settlement this spring, and U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner in Los Angeles has scheduled a Dec. 5 hearing for final approval.
As part of the settlement, the USSF signed collective bargaining agreements with the unions for the women’s and men’s national teams calling for equal pay.
Soccer player Hope Solo sits on stage before “Champion & Activist: An Evening With Hope Solo” at the University of New Mexico on January 27, 2020 in Albuquerque.
Solo filed a notice of objection Tuesday and said she intends to attend the hearing either in person or through or her lawyer.
“It’s unfair to ask players to accept as ‘fair, adequate and reasonable’ a settlement in which the only thing that is described and explained with certainty is how much the lawyers will be paid,” Solo said in a statement issued by her lawyer, A.J. de Bartolomeo.
Solo cited $7.9 million of the $22 million settlement fund as going to lawyers.
“Without knowing how much each player – including me for our Title VII claims – will be paid, or when we will get paid, it’s impossible for players to determine whether or not the proposed settlement and whatever payment we each receive is fair, adequate or reasonable,” she said.
The USSF had no immediate comment, spokesman Neil Buethe said.
“This historic resolution has been recognized as one of the greatest victories for equal pay,” Molly Levinson, a spokeswoman for the group of suing players, said in a statement. “We look forward to the court’s final approval hearing.”
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