Seamen often struggle to understand their full legal rights when shipowners 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 shipowner's wage obligations to you following a voyage or voyages? Typically, under maritime law, shipowners 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 shipowner 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.