Unpaid staff members on cruise ships during the pandemic in the US.

Crewmembers state they’ve been trapped aboard Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line boats for months without pay,”efficiently held hostage” during the coronavirus pandemic, as per your class action lawsuit registered in federal court Tuesday.

The suit alleges that thousands of workers have now been”unnecessarily kept on the boats for months on end, many thousands of miles away from their homes and families” and”suffered lost wages and lost employment opportunities” as a outcome. Subsequent to the pandemic shut down cruises at March, team members were required to keep on cleaning, cooking and maintaining their ships without any pay, in accordance with the suit, which was filed at U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

“This egregiously delayed repatriation is tantamount to false imprisonment of this crew,” the suit states.

In an overview, Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line reported the firm has”worked tirelessly with local authorities around the world to repatriate as many of our crew members as possible.”

“To date, more than 90 per cent have gradually returned home. For anyone whose authorities have closed their boundaries and not let them return, we’ve provided accommodations, food, and onboard charge for incidentals,” the announcement said. “While we are aware of the stress that these difficult times have positioned on our crew, particularly those individuals that have been unable to come back home, we’re confident in the way we’ve taken to handling all associates with transparency and care.”

In a previous statement on July 2 1, declaring it would not restart sailing operations before October a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules, the cruise line said it had”followed all required recommendations, for example sticking with strict requirements for our onboard team members, also installed the best safety protocols at the across our fleet to protect our guests and crew, who’re always our top priority”

Dragan Janicijevic, the lead plaintiff in the suit, is a Serbian citizen that was employed using one of those cruise lines as a casino dealer. He told that the Miami Herald he and other employees had asked to be shipped home in April, but were told the railway line couldn’t afford spare flights, which were initially required by the CDC to prevent disembarking crewmembers from potentially dispersing the virus on flights. “these were keeping us ” Janicijevic, who left the ship late June, told the Herald.

When sailing operations were halted in March, the railroad “forced all team members aboard the ship to sign a record stating they were willingly staying onboard, without pay,” according to the suit.

“The crew members were made to sign these agreements by being endangered that they wouldn’t be rehired when they failed to sign,” the suit states. “The method of requiring crew members to work, without cover, maybe the same of forced labour or peonage.”

In July, the CDC expanded its no-sail order for cruise lines during September.