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10,000 Au Pairs Will Share $65.5M Class-Action Settlement

About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will share in a class-action settlement in a case that challenged whether they should be treated as employees entitled to minimum wage or members of the family learning about the United States while helping out at home.

U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello gave final approval to the $65.5 million deal Thursday during a hearing in Denver, saying the payments to au pairs who filed claims by the May deadline would average $3,500 each.

About 160,000 au pairs who came to the United States to work from 2009 to late 2018 under J-1 visas were identified as having the potential to receive money under the deal announced in January. Notices were sent to nearly all of them, but about 10,000 filed claims by the May deadline.

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