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Penalty Wage Claims for Seaman and Maritime Workers

More Than 100 Years of Combined Legal Experience on the Gulf Coast

Seamen often struggle to understand their full legal rights when ship owners refuse to pay them the full wages they are owed. At Spagnoletti & Co., we can meet with you, explain your full rights and provide the legal assistance needed in Maritime wage cases.

Do you have questions regarding a ship owner's wage obligations to you following a voyage or voyages? Typically, under maritime law, ship owners must pay seamen's wages either when the voyage is complete or within a certain time frame thereafter. Compensation covered by maritime law includes wages, as well as:

  • Bonuses
  • Vacation pay
  • Allowances
  • Severance pay

If a ship owner has delayed your wage payment as a seaman, contact us for experienced legal assistance.

The penalty wage claims lawyers of Spagnoletti & Co. have assisted hundreds of seamen recover unpaid wages. To contact us, call 713-659-0257 or 877-678-5864.

Men and women seamen's penalty wage claims are affected legally by penalty wage statutes when:

  • The ship is an American vessel.
  • The ship is a foreign-flag vessel that entered a U.S. port.

If you are a seafarer of any nationality who 1) found yourself in a U.S. port, and 2) faces a non- or late payment of wages, we encourage you to seek competent maritime counsel by contacting the attorneys of Spagnoletti & Co. As we frequently tell unpaid seamen, "you have rights and are not a slave." We have obtained compensation for hundreds of individual seamen and entire crews. For more information, please contact us by calling our Houston-based firm at 713-659-0257 or 877-678-5864.

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