WA Labor Department: Wondersitter planning to file for bankruptcy

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Dozens of babysitters in the Bay Area and across the country may not get the back wages they say they’re owed by the San Francisco-based babysitting agency Wondersitter. 

On Thursday, 2 Investigates spoke with a representative from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries who said an attorney notified them Wondersitter had hired a new attorney and is planning to file for bankruptcy.

As of Friday, they said, nothing officials has been submitted. That bankruptcy attorney was identified by sitters as Joan Chipser. 2 Investigates spoke to Chipser over the phone, but she declined to comment citing attorney client privilege. 

In early July, 2 Investigates reported Wondersitter and its owner Rose Titcomb were being criminally investigated by the San Francisco’s District Attorney’s Office.

More than 90 babysitters have united saying they’re owed more than $85,000 in unpaid wages.

Parents also say they are unable to get money out of the company that was reserved for future services.

Jeff Hoffman, a bankruptcy attorney who is not involved in the Wondersitter case, said it’s still possible the sitters will get their money, but there’s also a chance they won’t.

He said if Wondersitter files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it could be found that the company has no assets and there’s no money to be collected and distributed.

If there are assets, it is possible that the money will be gathered and the victims will get a portion of the money that is not legally exempt.

If Wondersitter files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Wondersitter could get together with creditors and attempt to pay debts. That process could take years.  

Friday, 2 Investigates called Rose Titcomb for comment but received no response. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and California Labor and Workforce Department Agency also did not comment. 

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