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Norwegian Cruise Line to pay $500k for violating wage rules

Labor Department found company failed to properly pay 2,059 employees over three years

’Tis the season for troubles while luxuriously relaxing and overeating on the high seas. While the rest of the world is still aghast over Carnival Corp.’s Costa Concordia shipwreck off the coast of Italy, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is cracking down on another cruise company a little closer to home.

The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division yesterday announced that Norwegian Cruise Line has agreed to pay $526,602 in back wages to employees on its Pride of America cruise liner in Hawaii. The DOL determined after an investigation, which lasted from July 2009 to November 2011, that Norwegian systemically violated the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions in regard to the ship’s 2,059 employees.

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