Seamen is a term-of-art under the Jones Act and includes those who work on cruise ships and (sometimes) yachts. The term seamen can refer to both “able bodied” crew members and officers.
Seamen may be injured under a variety of conditions while working, from the common slip-and-fall to more serious accidents. For example, we have blogged about several incidents in which multiple cruise ship crew members were killed while taking part in cruise ship safety drills.
Often times seamen are pressured by their employers not to seek legal redress for the damages they suffer in workplace incidents. This is especially true as it relates to cruise ship sexual assault of crew members. There have been many published reports indicating that these workers have been discouraged by their superiors from reporting these crimes, presumably because the employers were afraid of the legal liability and negative publicity such cases generate.