Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 1, 2006
Carnival Corporation has agreed to pay $6.25 million to settle a class action case filed against the cruise line by its seafaring workers who alleged that Carnival had failed to pay the workers’ full wages, including overtime (Case No: 05-22968-Civ-Cooke/Kline).
The settlement also requires Carnival to provide additional disclosure in its contracts regarding how tips are treated as overtime compensation, and to operate a grievance and arbitration procedure for wage claims. In the settlement, Carnival denies liability in the pending litigation.
Commenting on the settlement, plaintiffs’ attorney Tucker Ronzetti, of Miami law firm Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton, said, “We are pleased that the parties have been able to resolve this dispute in a way that provides substantial relief to the seafaring workers.” Mr. Ronzetti is co-class counsel for the workers along with Julio Ayala of the Crewmember and Maritime Advocacy Center and Craig Downs of Miami law firm Downs Brill Whitehead.
Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton is an AV Rated law firm located in Miami, Florida. The firm handles large complex commercial litigation and some of the largest corporate bankruptcies ever filed in Florida. The 20 lawyer firm serves as litigation counsel for large corporations, business entities, and prominent individuals. It represents clients in contract, tort, securities fraud, professional malpractice, intellectual property, unfair competition, employment disputes, antitrust matters and class action litigation and defense.
For more information and a copy of the court order for this case, please visit: http://www.kttlaw.com/carnival/
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