CRUISE SHIP LINE PAYS $485,000 TO SETTLE EEOC BIAS LAWSUIT

by Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

The cruise ship line NCL America, Inc. will pay $485,000 to seven former employees to settle a lawsuit brought by the EEOC alleging the company discharged seven Middle Eastern crew members from various positions on the cruise ship “Pride of Aloha”.

As part of the two year consent decree resolving the case, NCL America agrees to pay the crew members $485,000. With respect to the injunctive relief, NCL America further agrees, among other things, to revise its policies to ensure a workplace that promotes equal employment opportunity, to hire an EEO consultant, and to provide training to its managers and employees on the company’s equal employment policy and complaint procedure.

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