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Middle Eastern Discrimination

Honolulu, HI: (May-15-08) The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission brought charges against NCL America Inc., alleging that the company discriminated against seven crew members with Middle East backgrounds. The suit, filed on behalf of the employees, stated that the discrimination led to the plaintiffs losing their jobs aboard the cruise ship Pride of Aloha. The 2006 lawsuit had the company deny the allegations, refusing to accept that it had acted improperly in firing the seven Middle Eastern crew members.

Sources stated that the two sides reached a settlement agreement, in which NCL America Inc. has agreed to pay $485,000 to resolve allegations. Additionally, the company also agreed to revise its policies to ensure a workplace that promotes equal employment opportunities. NCL America spokespersons said that the company agreed to hire an equal employment opportunity consultant and to train its managers and employees regarding the federal employment policies. [FORBES: CRUISE SHIP WORKERS WIN DISCRIMINATION SETTLEMENT]


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Published on May-19-08

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