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Kate Gosselin and Jon Gosselin don't agree on many things -- but they're both breathing a sigh of relief, now that a child labor complaint against TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 has been dismissed. Prior to Wednesday's verdict, Kate defended the family's reality-TV career on NBC's Today show, ane Jon hopped on Twitter to say, "Kate and I were doing what was best for our family. And it gave us an opportunity to spend quality family time together."
The Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor found "no evidence" that the eight Gosselin children (twins Cara and Mady, and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Leah, Joel, Aiden and Colin) were mistreated by TLC. However, they did chastise the network for not getting work permits for the children. "The activity being filmed was spontaneous," reads the statement, "However, children introduced episodes of the television show and transitions. DVDs and other merchandise were sold involving the children's appearance. Lighting was placed in the home for the show and there was product placement in some episodes."
In other words: the kids were performers, and should have been legally treated as such. If Kate wants to include her children on her new upcoming TLC series, Twist of Kate, she needs to apply for work permits for all of them, or the state may decide to press charges. And the standard rule for child workers will now apply: Kate must put at least 15 percent of their earnings into a trust fund that she can't touch.
While the judge ultimately ruled in TLC's favor, the hearing contained some truly sad allegations from Kate's brother -- who testified this week that producers faked Christmas for one episode, and gave the children no privacy, even during potty training.
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