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U. S. women's soccer team has enjoyed unparalleled success winning four Olympic gold medals and three World Cup titles its latest in twenty fifteen the most watched soccer game in American TV history with twenty three million viewers the men's team has never won either tournament and yet the men earned more prize money than the women a lot more which is why on Friday the women's team slapped the U. S. soccer federation with a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination on the basis of salary and nearly every other aspect of their working conditions I whispered hard in New York the lawsuit was filed on international women's day and just three months before the team tries to defend its World Cup title in France despite recently bringing in more profit and revenue than the men the women claim that their travel conditions their medical personnel and promotion for their games falls far short by comparison all twenty eight members of the U. S. squatter named as plaintiffs including stars Megan Rapinoe Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd last October international soccer governing body FIFA city will double the total prize money for this year's women's World Cup to thirty million dollars with the winning team taking home four million by comparison the total prize money for last year's men's World Cup was four hundred million dollars with champions France receiving thirty eight million the U. S. women's players are also seeking class action status that would allow any women who played for the team since February twenty fifteen to join the case the US soccer federation did not respond when asked to comment on the lawsuit