The captain of a cargo ship who alleged he was fired for reporting safety violations to the U.S. Coast Guard has been awarded more than $1 million in back pay, damages, and other compensation by a U.S. Labor Department administrative law judge. The award is the largest damages award ever under the whistleblower provisions of the federal Seaman’s Protection Act (SPA). According to the Connecticut Law Tribune, John Loftus, Captain of the 813-foot-long container ship Horizon Trader, filed a complaint with the U.S. Labor Department claiming he was unlawfully terminated for reporting ship malfunctions that went unfixed and other safety ... Read More
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