Saturday, May 06, 2006

Carnival Makes $6 Million Settlement With Workers

(CBS4/AP) MIAMI Miami-based Carnival Cruise Lines will pay over $6 Million to thousands of crew members who alleged they were not paid overtime.If approved by a federal judge, the settlement would mean payouts of between 100 and 150 dollars for nine named lawsuit plaintiffs and other amounts for as many as 39,500 people who worked on Carnival ships beginning in November 2001.The lawyer representing the crew members says the cruise line won't admit wrongdoing under the settlement but will establish a grievance and arbitration process for pay disputes.Carnival, the world's largest cruise line, could not be reached for comment.Workers said the cruise line failed to pay them for work in excess of their regular schedules, which are often 70-hour work weeks. Carnival and other cruise lines typically don't follow U-S wage and labor laws because their ships carry foreign flags.

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