Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

US Soccer Federation facing class action litigation over pay

Running any type of business also means running the risk of facing lawsuits. In some cases, class action litigation can come against a business if consumers, clients, employees or other associated parties believe that they have faced issues as a result of the business's actions. When this happens, companies often have to mount a defense.

Florida readers may be interested in a class action lawsuit involving the members of the U.S. women's national soccer team and the U.S. Soccer Federation. According to reports, the lawsuit stems from unequal pay that players on the women's national team receive in comparison to the pay for players on the men's national soccer team. After the suit was filed, the 28 players on the women's national team joined the class associated with the suit. They hope that, if successful, their claim will result in equitable pay, equitable treatment and the awarding of back pay among other damages.

The U.S. Soccer Federation did not provide a comment for the report. However, because this is not the first time that attention has been brought to this issue, the USSF has said in the past that the differences in pay come from the different bargaining agreements that the women's team and men's team have. The USSF has also previously pointed out that the women's team receives health care and other benefits that the men's team does not.

As with any type of legal situation, business owners take class action litigation seriously. It can take time and effort to ensure that legal claims are properly handled, and it is wise for parties to explore the legal options available for defending against claims. Florida business owners facing this type of setback may want to consult with their legal counsel for insight.

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