Five top players for the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team have filed a federal wage discrimination complaint claiming they are paid less than male players even though they generate more income for the United States Soccer Federation
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Five top players for the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team have filed a federal wage discrimination complaint claiming they are paid less than male players even though they generate more income for the United States Soccer Federation.The athletes, including star scorer Carli Lloyd and goalkeeper Hope Solo, claim some of them earn as little as 40 percent of what men's team players make, lawyer Jeffrey Kessler said Thursday.U.S. Soccer said in a statement that developing women's soccer was a top priority.The women's team, which 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, Kessler said, citing federation financial records.Defender Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan and midfielder Megan Rapinoe are also parties to the complaint. The five players have said they are acting on behalf of the entire women's team.
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