US Soccer Hires New GC After Pay Gap Suit's 'Skill' Defense

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Law360 (July 31, 2020, 11:14 PM EDT) — U.S. Soccer said Friday it has hired a new chief legal officer to replace the former general counsel, who resigned after the organization made the now-retracted argument in a pay equity suit from members of the U.S. Women’s National Team that women earned less than male players because they’re less skilled.

Karen Leetzow, who spent two decades with NASCAR, where she served as its general counsel, will guide the U.S. Soccer Federation’s legal department starting in August, the organization announced.

“She brings a wealth of legal experience to U.S. Soccer, including specific skills in collective bargaining, anti-trust and trademark matters, litigation…

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