Settlement Structure: Claims Made
Closed Settlement Statement:
According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.Case Summary:
This settlement resolves an employment class action against VIPKids International, Inc., which does business as VIPKid. The complaint alleged that teachers were willfully misclassified as independent contractors, that they were not paid proper minimum wages and overtime, did not get proper meal and rest breaks, were not given itemized wage statements, and so on.
A previous settlement of this case was announced, but since then, the Notice says, “VIPKid’s business has experienced unexpected and severe financial difficulties due to regulatory changes in China that have disallowed the type of ESL tutoring that was VIPKid’s primary offering.” Because its future is uncertain, the terms of the settlement have been revised.Docket Number:
Company: VIPKids International, Inc.
Filing Deadline: January 1, 2100
Class Period: May 22, 2018 to June 30, 2021
Objection Deadline: October 24, 2022
Exclusion Deadline: October 24, 2022
Final Approval Hearing: November 15, 2022Proof of Purchase:
You do not have to provide proof.Eligibility:
You may be eligible if you are an individual who entered into an agreement with VIPKid to offer teaching services in California and taught at least one class through the VIPKid platform between May 22, 2018 and June 30, 2021.Typical Settlement Amount:
Payments will be distributed to class members in four installments between roughly December 2022 and December 2025. Amounts will be in proportion to each teacher’s total number of virtual ESL classes taught or paid for during the settlement class period. The minimum payment will be $10 (although, if you are entitled to a minimum share per the agreement, you may not receive payments after the first distribution).
Total Settlement Amount: Originally $2,100,000; reduced to $483,000Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:
Lichten & Liss-Riordan
Case Name: Ibeji v. VIPKids International, Inc. (d/b/a VIPKid)
Settlement Website: VIPKid Settlement Website
Ibeji v. VIPKid
c/o Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 26170
Santa Ana, CA 92799