Claims for Unpaid Crew Wages

Posted by John K. Fulweiler | Feb 07, 2013 | 0 Comments

Not paying a vessel's crew his or her wages is a lot different than, say, not paying someone who does work on your house. That is, an unpaid crew member has unique remedies available under the maritime law. Whether the crewmember worked aboard vessels in Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey or Florida, it doesn't matter. The unpaid crewmember's remedies arise under the United States admiralty law.

Typically, an unpaid crewmember has a lien against the vessel in the amount of his or her wages. In addition, an unpaid crewmember has the benefit of a specific federal statute which, if applicable, may allow the crewmember to recover penalties over and above the unpaid wages.

The specific remedies available to an unpaid crewmember vary depending upon, among other things, the type of vessel on which the crewmember was serving. If you are a crewmember and haven't been paid, contact an admiralty attorney to discuss your rights.

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By John Fulweiler

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John K. Fulweiler

Proctor-In-Admiralty / Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Master Formerly a partner in a New York maritime law firm, John K. Fulweiler graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Marine Affairs degree and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law. In addition to being recognized by...


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