Women’s Soccer in Mediation/Martin Rosenfeld, JD

Posted on June 29, 2019

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The following news appeared at http://www.csnbc.com website on June 24, 2019:

The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is underway and teams from around the world are fighting for the championship title — as well as equal pay.

In 2016, five U.S. women’s players filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and in March, 28 members of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) for gender discrimination and unequal pay.

Now, The Wall Street Journal, citing sources familiar with the situation, reports that USSF and the USWNT have “tentatively agreed to pursue mediation after the World Cup ends.”

A dispute such as the one above belongs in mediation. What would prolonged litigation do for the sport of women’s soccer. Mediate on’t litigate.