Crews who return from a pirate attack may be in for a surprise from their employers. Although they work hard and often travel through areas with a high-risk of piracy for the benefit of the companies they work for, support is often lacking after a pirate incident does happen. Beyond running into supervisors or HR personnel who are unsupportive or non-communicative, victims of pirate attacks may also find that their performance at work is suddenly under scrutiny.
Pressure From Employers After a Pirate Attack
Unfortunately, to protect the bottom line and avoid liability, some employers or operators may attempt to destroy a victim’s credibility by going through a brutal review of the victim’s work history and performance. Rather than welcoming returning piracy victims, some employers choose to meet their already traumatized employees with long interviews, pressure to stay silent, and accusations of fault or poor performance—especially if the employer knows it may have been negligent.
Getting Help Dealing With an Employer After a Piracy Incident
If you are feeling the pressure from the ship owner, the ship operator, a supervisor, or another party after a pirate attack, reach out now to find out what your rights really are, what you can do, and how much you have to tolerate. An experienced attorney would be happy to review your case in detail and explain how to manage threats, pressure, and increased scrutiny from your employer.
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