USWNT gender discrimination lawsuit used as confetti during World Cup parade

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Pages of the gender discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. women’s national soccer team was reportedly used as confetti on Wednesday during their World Cup celebration parade in New York City.

Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris crumpled up a page of the suit and showed off pages scattered in the streets and on the floor of City Hall on her Instagram story. 

{mosads}“Our lawsuit is in the f—ing trees, bitch,” Harris said in the clip, before kicking pages around.

“Our lawsuit is in the fucking trees. Pay us, bitch.”

My god this is legendary.

Allie Long, a midfielder, was then seen shoving a page of the lawsuit in her mouth. 

Pictures from paradegoers show the confetti appears to be made from shredded documents.

All 28 players of women’s team filed a lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation on International Women’s Day in March, accusing the organization of “institutionalized gender discrimination” including inequity in pay, practice time, practice locations, medical treatment, coaching and travel. 

The two sides reportedly reached a tentative deal last month.

The male players are paid far more than female players, despite the women’s team bringing in more revenue than the men’s team, according to multiple media reports.

Each player on the U.S. women’s national team could receive about $260,000 in maximum earnings for winning the World Cup, according to documents obtained by The Guardian, while each player on the U.S. men’s national team could have earned nearly $1 million if the club had won the World Cup. 

The U.S. men’s team has yet to play in a World Cup final and failed to qualify for the 2018 tournament.

2015 budget figures showed that the women’s team brought in a $23 million increase in revenue following its World Cup win and victory tour, more than the men’s team brought in during the same period, according to Vox.

The team’s 2-0 victory against Netherlands in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final has acted as a rallying call for equal pay between the U.S. teams.

Crowds chanted “equal pay” as players passed by on parade floats and when U.S. Soccer President Carlos Cordeiro took the stage during the team ceremony. 

The Hill has reached out to the team for comment.

Tags Allie Long Ashlyn Harris Equal pay gender discrimination New York City U.S. Soccer Federation US Women's National Team World Cup

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