If you worked as an au pair employee for AuPairCare Inc., or any other au pair agencies, from Jan 1, 2009, to Oct. 28, 2018, then, you could get compensation. A group of au pair agencies ready to pay $65.5 million to resolve the Au Pair wage suppression lawsuit.
The class action settlement made to resolve all claims about au pair sponsorship agencies that they worked together to suppress employees wages.
The plaintiffs who filed case claim that more than a dozen of companies’ au companies in the United States provide live-in childcare under a J-1 visa. They did that to fix the price of wages less than $200 per week.
Au pairs are generally a team of the young woman who comes to the United States from other countries to provide childcare for busy families.
According to the au pair class action lawsuit, InterExchange Inc., American Institute For Foreign Study, Cultural Care Inc., and more are conspired to suppress the wages of au pair workers.
All the workers were mainly from women from Columbia, Australia, Germany, Mexico, and South Africa. All these employees were allegedly paid over $4 per hour for 45-hour work weeks from the settlement.
However, the plaintiffs claimed that the sponsors used their ability to authorize J-1 visas to keep the wages low. The class-action lawsuit accused companies of violating both the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and federal racketeering laws.
However, the defendant au pair companies agreed to pay $65.5 million to approximately 100,000 workers or class members. Eligibility for each subclass member depends on many factors, including the sponsoring agency and the location of their work.
Those who worked as an au pair between 2009 and 2018 will need to submit a Claim Form, along with the required information about their placement, sponsor’s name, and the amount they were paid weekly.
The defendants have agreed to update their websites with the information of eligible class members. The entire Au pairs worker who wants to object out of settlement must do so by May 2, 2019.
Eligibility to file a claim:
All persons who were standard au pairs on a J-1 visa sponsored by one of the Defendants companies between January 1, 2009, and October 28, 2018.
Last date to file a claim:
Up to $2,500.
- But, the actual amount each au pair worker receives depends on many factors.
- For a Year Starting On or After November 13, 2010, will get $2,500
- Au Pairs who undertook compulsory training in the United States will get $90
- For a Year Ending Before November 13, 2010, in Illinois, New York, Michigan, New Jersey, or Pennsylvania $1,000
- Au Pairs For a Year Ending Before November 13, 2010, in Any Other State $500″
Details of the filed case:
Beltran, et al. v. InterExchange Inc., et al.,
Case No. 1:14-cv-03074,
in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Beltran v. InterExchange
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91345 Seattle,
WA 98111 1-844-859-6769