Jeffrey Kessler is a busy man these days. The NFL's appeal of Judge Richard Berman's Deflategate decision has yet to be resolved, and the man representing Tom Brady is taking on another high-profile case for members of the US Women's Soccer team.
Five members of the women’s national team -- co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalie Hope Solo -- have filed a federal complaint charging US Soccer with wage discrimination.
In the complaint, Kessler argues that members of the women's team -- the reigning World Cup and Olympic champion -- are compensated unfairly given that they have been more successful and more profitable than the men's side yet continue to be paid far less. The complaint was filed to the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission on Wednesday.
"We have been quite patient over the years with the belief that the federation would do the right thing and compensate us fairly," Lloyd said in a statement released by the players and Kessler.
"The numbers speak for themselves," Solo said. "We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the USMNT get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships."
The filing uses numbers from the US Soccer Federation's 2015 financial report that show the women's team made almost $20 million more in revenue last year than the men's team. Still, they are paid about four times less.
"The reality is that this team is more valuable to the USSF than the men's team has been," Kessler said in a conference call with reporters, per ESPN. "That's what the facts show. And they would be justified in asking for more than the men are receiving. But the first step that they are seeking is equal treatment. That should be an easy step for the USSF to take."
The USSF has released a statement in response to the complaint:
"We understand the Women's National Team Players Association is filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against U.S. Soccer," the USSF said in a statement. "While we have not seen this complaint and can't comment on the specifics of it, we are disappointed about this action. We have been a world leader in women's soccer and are proud of the commitment we have made to building the women's game in the United States over the past 30 years."