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$65M J-1 Au Pair Lawsuit Settlement: Final Approval (Beltran v. InterExchange)
Posted on 19 Jul 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

July 18, 2019 " Beltran, et al. v. InterExchange, Inc., et al. - 14-cv-03074-CMA-KMT (D. Colo.) If you were an au pair on a J-1 visa in the United States between Jan. 1, 2009, and October 28, 2018, you could get a payment from a settlement... Read More

Tags: au pair , j-1 , Beltran

Shortchanged: The Big Business Behind the Low Wage J-1 Au Pair Program
Posted on 22 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ILRWG, Aug. 2018 - "Informed by au pairs’ firsthand accounts, this report explores structural deficiencies in the J-1 au pair program that contribute to labor rights abuses. Au pairs report wage theft, coercion, sexual harassment, retaliation... Read More

J-1 Au Pairs Win Class Certification in Wage Suit (Beltran v. Interexchange)
Posted on 5 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Tiffany Hu, Law360, Feb. 2, 2018 - "A Colorado federal judge on Friday partially granted class certification to more than 91,000 au pairs alleging that multiple sponsor agencies colluded to set low pay rates, finding that of the proposed classes... Read More

J-1 Visa Au Pair FLSA Wage Suit Advances in Colorado; Collusion Smoking Gun? - Beltran v. Noonan
Posted on 2 Apr 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beltran v. Noonan, Mar. 31, 2016 - "Plaintiffs’ circumstantial evidence presented sufficient circumstantial evidence of a viable economic theory of collusion ... the Court agrees with [Magistrate] Judge Tafoya’s conclusion that the FLSA... Read More

Au Pair Suit Brings Domestic Worker Abuse Into Spotlight
Posted on 31 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"As a class action unfolds in Colorado alleging au pairs on the J-1 visa program have had their wages fixed at $4.35 per hour, Law360 takes a closer look at the exploitation of domestic workers by abusive employers who range from middle-class families... Read More

Au Pair FLSA Lawsuit Moves Forward (Beltran v. Interexchange)
Posted on 3 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beltran v. Interexchange, Mar. 31, 2017 - "This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs' Motion for Conditional Collective Action Certification (Doc. # 325) and Plaintiffs’ Second Motion for Conditional Collective Action Certification... Read More

Worker Bill Roils the Au Pair World
Posted on 3 Jun 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The email sent ripples of fear among upscale parents: Au pair programs are in danger of ending, a possible victim of legislation now moving through Congress. The Senate immigration bill gives a hand to U.S. employers of foreign software developers... Read More

The U.S. Au Pair Program: Labor Exploitation and the Myth of Cultural Exchange
Posted on 15 Nov 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Article exposes how the legal categorization of au pairs as “cultural exchange participants” is strategically used to sustain - and disguise - a government-created domestic worker program to provide flexible, in-home childcare for... Read More