This month, five members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team filed a wage disparity complaint with the EEOC against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The Women’s team alleges that despite the fact that they are doing equal work, they are not receiving equal pay as the Men’s National Soccer Team. The Women’s team alleges their top-tier players earn between 38% and 72% of their male counterparts, although the Women’s Team is more successful. One article noted that in 2015, they were paid far less for winning the tournament than the men were paid to lose their tournament. The EEOC will investigate the complaint and then make a decision as to the validity of the women’s claims.
The EEOC has jurisdiction over claims alleging discrimination in pay under the Equal Pay Act of 1963, Title VII, ADEA, and ADA. The EPA requires that men and women be given equal pay for equal work. In order for jobs to be considered equal, they must be substantially equal. In order to make this assessment, the EEOC looks to Continue reading