Investigative journalist Karen Foshay of KCRW published a muli-media presentation this week, chronicling the plight of seafarers who work long hours, away from their families and far from home, for a pittance.
When the crew members become injured, these "foreign" (i., e., non-U.S.) ship employees are barred from filing suit in the U.S. against their U.S.-based employers. Instead, they are forced to resort to filing arbitration claims where their disputes are resolved by arbitrators (usually paid for by the shipping company), in contrast to a judge and jury.
The situation is particularly unfair to Filipino crew members who have to agree to a scheduled compensation scheme where they are limited to small pay outs when they are seriously injured due to the negligence of their employers.
Take a minute and read or listen to the the articles and watch the introductory video below.
Her two-part special is entitled Troubled Waters – a private justice system leads to secrecy and mistreatment on the high seas.
The investigation has two parts: Part one is titled the Secret World of Arbitration:
Watch the video below: Troubled Waters: KCRW Investigates Exploitation on the High Seas.