Kelly: U.S. women make legal pitch for their fair share. What about Canada? – The Globe and Mail

Catherine Gleason-Mercier

Mar 31, 2016

In a March 31, 2016 article in The Globe and Mail, sports columnist Cathal Kelly reports on five players from the U.S. women’s senior national soccer team filing a lawsuit against their governing body, U.S. Soccer, alleging wage discrimination. The women claim that they are paid only 40% of what players on the men’s national team earn. In determining whether Canada’s senior women’s team should be launching a similar suit, Kelly seeks the opinion of Catherine Gleason-Mercier, an associate in Osler’s Litigation Group.

Catherine acted as co-counsel when the women soccer players challenged FIFA over having to play on artificial turf at the 2015 Women’s World Cup – a challenge they ended up losing. In this case, Catherine suggests that if the Canadian women’s team wants to follow the lead of the American players, filing a human rights complaint would likely be the first step. 

“In principle, it’s a possible claim,” she says. “Put it this way – there is something here to investigate.”

Read Cathal Kelly’s full article Kelly: U.S. women make legal pitch for their fair share. What about Canada? in The Globe and Mail, March 31, 2016.