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VIPKid Misclassification of Teachers Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Open

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:

STK-VA-UCE-2019-0009895

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, 2022

Proof 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: $2,100,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$10,000

Law Firm:
Lichten & Liss-Riordan

Case Name: Ibeji v. VIPKids International, Inc. (d/b/a VIPKid)

Settlement Website: VIPKid Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
Simpluris, Inc.

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Ibeji v. VIPKid
c/o Settlement Administrator
P.O. Box 26170
Santa Ana, CA 92799
vipkidsettlement@simpluris.com
833-200-8007

Tags: Employment Violations, Failure to Allow for/Figure in Break Time, Minimum Wage Violations, Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors, Unpaid Overtime