Merchant Seaman Penalty Wage Statutes
In addition to sick wages, U.S. crew members and merchant seaman working aboard certain vessels are entitled to an enhancement of double wages if they have not been paid within a certain time after their contract terminates or after being discharged from a vessel. A foreign (Non-U.S.) crew member and seafarer is also entitled to double wages for the delay of payment when discharged in a U.S. port. Having previously represented cruise ship companies, yacht owners, tug, barge and ferry operators for 19 years, the board certified maritime attorneys at the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak are in a unique position to protect crew members whose employers refuse to pay earned wages at the end of a voyage or contract. The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.