• Part Number:
  • Part Number Title:
    Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under the Employee Protection Provision of the Seamans Protection Act (SPA), As Amended
  • Subpart:
    1986 Subpart A
  • Subpart Title:
    Complaints, Investigations, Findings and Preliminary Orders
  • Standard Number:
  • Title:
    Obligations and prohibited acts.
  • GPO Source:
A person may not retaliate against any seaman because the seaman:
In good faith reported or was about to report to the Coast Guard or other appropriate Federal agency or department that the seaman believed that a violation of a maritime safety law or regulation prescribed under that law or regulation has occurred;
Refused to perform duties ordered by the seaman's employer because the seaman had a reasonable apprehension or expectation that performing such duties would result in serious injury to the seaman, other seamen, or the public;
Testified in a proceeding brought to enforce a maritime safety law or regulation prescribed under that law;
Notified, or attempted to notify, the vessel owner or the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard was operating of a work-related personal injury or work-related illness of a seaman;
Cooperated with a safety investigation by the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard was operating or the National Transportation Safety Board;
Furnished information to the Secretary of the department in which the Coast Guard was operating, the National Transportation Safety Board, or any other public official as to the facts relating to any marine casualty resulting in injury or death to an individual or damage to property occurring in connection with vessel transportation; or
Accurately reported hours of duty under part A of subtitle II of title 46 of the United States Code.
Retaliation means any discrimination against a seaman including, but not limited to, discharging, demoting, suspending, harassing, intimidating, threatening, restraining, coercing, blacklisting, or disciplining a seaman.
For purposes of paragraph (a)(2) of this section, the circumstances causing a seaman's apprehension of serious injury must be of such a nature that a reasonable person, under similar circumstances, would conclude that there was a real danger of an injury or serious impairment of health resulting from the performance of duties as ordered by the seaman's employer. To qualify for protection based on activity described in paragraph (a)(2) of this section, the seaman must have sought from the employer, and been unable to obtain, correction of the unsafe condition. Any seaman who requested such a correction shall be protected against retaliation because of the request.

[78 FR 8402, February 6, 2013; 81 FR 63410, September 15, 2016]