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100,000 FOREIGN NANNIES BENEFITED IN USA BY A MULTI-MILLION CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Denver (USA) / An agreement filed in federal court in Denver stipulates the payment of 65.5 million dollars to a group of foreign nannies following a class action lawsuit brought in 2014 against 15 companies that took them to work in the United States.

The agreement was described as “historic” by the firm Boies Schiller Flexner in a statement.

The agreement, which prevents the case from reaching a jury trial, was reached after a class-action lawsuit filed by twelve former nannies from Germany, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and South Africa.

According to the plaintiffs, the 15 companies based in the United States, which hired the services of foreign nannies agreed to keep wages low, not pay overtime, not always respect the minimum wage established by federal laws and even impose a maximum limit on the income of these workers.

In some cases – the lawsuit says – nannies were forced to perform tasks for which they were not hired, such as feeding chickens or helping the family move.

LEGAL SETTLEMENT

The representative of the group Towards Justice (based in Denver), David Seligman, said the ruling of the federal court will potentially benefit “some 100,000” nannies and said that it’s “perhaps the largest legal settlement ever achieved in name of workers with minimum wage”.

Seligman started the lawsuit in 2014, although the issue was later turned over to New York-based law firm Boies Schiller Flexner.

According to Seligman, the decision of the federal court in Denver “finally gives the nannies the opportunity to seek better wages and better working conditions.”

The agreement, however, must still be ratified by a judge. When that happens, the 15 companies sued will commit to indemnify the plaintiffs and inform future foreign nannies of their rights in the United States.

By accepting the agreement, those companies will not face charges against them.

The Wall Street Journal indicated that the nannies who worked in the country between January 1, 2009 and October 28, 2018 would be covered by the agreement.

The foreign nanny program began three decades ago and currently has some 20,000 participants.

SALARY

On average, foreign nannies are paid just under $ 200 per week, although that figure is deducted 40% for food and lodging.

The salary of a non-foreign full-time nanny is four to five times higher than that of foreign nannies, according to the document The Care Report, published by the organization New America in 2016.

The Department of State qualifies foreign nannies as temporary international workers exempt from wages above the federal minimum, while the law allows other temporary foreign workers (teachers, for example) to receive higher wages. (January 10, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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En la noticia se dice que...
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varias empresas se querellaron contra miles de niñeras.
B
una demanda colectiva fue presentada contra varias empresas.
C
es posible que se presente una demanda contra una empresa.
Question 2
Esa demanda fue presentada hace un lustro.
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Así es.
B
No se sabe.
C
En absoluto.
Question 3
Según el texto, esas niñeras presentaron esa demanda...
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para evitar que la empresa les pagara las horas extra.
B
ya que sus condiciones laborales no eran buenas.
C
a pesar de haber obtenido previamente mejores condiciones laborales.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que...
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ambas partes llegaron a un acuerdo judicial.
B
aún no se ha llegado a un acuerdo.
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es posible que se llegue a un gran acuerdo.
Question 5
Sobre las niñeras se dice que...
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algunas hicieron voluntariamente trabajos para los que no fueron contratadas.
B
algunas tuvieron que realizar trabajos para los que no fueron contratadas.
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todas realizaron tareas para las que no fueron contratadas.
Question 6
Las niñeras extranjeras...
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ganan igual que las que no lo son.
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ganan más dinero que las que no lo son.
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ganan menos dinero que las que no lo son.
Question 7
Según el texto, se acordó que esas empresas...
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se comprometieron a compensar a las demandantes por el daño causado.
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solo informarán a las futuras niñeras sobre sus derechos.
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recibirán dinero de las demandantes por el daño causado.
Question 8
En el vídeo se habla...
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de las madres de día.
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de las guarderías que hay en España.
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de cómo se debe cuidar a un recién nacido.
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Según el vídeo, esos niños son cuidados y atendidos...
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en los domicilios de las madres de día.
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en los domicilios de sus propios padres.
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en una guardería pública.
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Según el vídeo, esos niños reciben una atención individualizada.
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No se sabe.
B
Así es.
C
En absoluto.
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En el vídeo se dice que...
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aún no hay madres de día en Reino Unido.
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en Reino Unido hay unas 80.000 madres de día.
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en Reino Unido ya hay millones de madres de día.
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