Getty ImagesThe United States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) have filed an appeal against the decision to dismiss their claim for equal pay with male counterparts. Earlier this month judge Gary Klausner ruled the pay case did not warrant a trial, though the players’ case for unfair treatment in travel, housing and medical support will go to trial in June. The lawsuit against national governing body US Soccer was filed in March 2019 by 28 members of the USWNT, who were seeking more than US$66 million in damages under the Equal Pay Act. However, the case was dismissed on the grounds that the USWNT had rejected a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) where they would receive the same pay structure as the men's team in favour of a different deal. USWNT star Megan Rapinoe posted on Twitter that 'we will never stop fighting for EQUALITY', while fellow co-captain Alex Morgan said the 'disappointing' development would 'not discourage us in our fight for equality'. Spokesperson Molly Levinson said the team were 'shocked' by the decision and has now confirmed the next steps.
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