US aims to tighten shipping law – could lead to major penalties in harassment cases

New shipping legislation is being drawn up by the US Congress. If the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2022 is passed, carriers risk million-dollar penalties in case they do not report sexual harassment cases or fail to do so in due time.

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A new bill providing US maritime authorities, the US Coast Guard, with the option of issuing major penalties in harassment cases could become a serious headache to carriers such as Maersk operating in US waters.

Day penalties of USD 50,000 may be unleashed if carriers fail to report cases regarding potential harassment of employees aboard ships, or report them too late.

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