Miami Herald - The U.S. Department of Labor recently found that Norwegian Cruise Lines underpaid 2,059 employees in the State of Hawai'i for more than two years. The Miami-based cruise operator has agreed to pay the employees' wages retroactively to a total of $526,602.
In a written statement, Norwegian claims that it was fully compliant with the U.S. Department of Labor investigation and U.S. labor laws.
According to a report released by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division, Norwegian did not pay overtime for mandatory weekly drills even if the employee had already clocked 40 hours, deducted exorbitant lodging and meal charges, failed to pay housekeeping staff and did not pay employees for work done before scheduled shifts.
The investigation looked at the time period between July 2009 and November 2011. Once the investigation was completed, the department said that the cruise line immediately complied with the laws to correct problems.