U.S. women's football team denied bid for immediate appeal in equal pay claims

Last month, the judge threw out players' claims that they were under paid in comparison with the men's national team.

USA women won the women’s Football World Cup title in France last year.   -  AP

The U.S. women's national football team's bid to immediately appeal the dismissal of its equal pay claims against its national federation was denied on Tuesday.

Judge R. Gary Klausner of the United States District Court for the Central District of California said the appeal must wait until after its remaining claims -- including unfair medical services, travel and training -- proceed to trial, which is set for Sept. 15.

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Last month, the judge threw out players' claims that they were under paid in comparison with the men's national team.

The players' spokeswoman Molly Levinson said the ruling “simply means that an appeal may take longer to file”.

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“We intend to appeal the Courts decision which does not account for the central fact in this case that women players have been paid at lesser rates than men who do the same job,” she said.

The U.S. Soccer Federation did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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