Some Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines’ passenger cabin stewards say they were ordered to the “back of the house” for several weeks as punishment after passengers gave less than desirable remarks about them on suggestion cards. “Back of the house” is the area of the ship the crew live in. Since cabin stewards don’t get tips while cleaning in the back of the house, they basically were ordered to work for free as slaves, in violation of their employment contract. A number of these slaves have come forward, seeking legal advice from maritime lawyer Charles Lipcon, who heads the outstanding cruise ship law firm of Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina and Winkleman.
Mr. Lipcon is working on behalf of a group of RCCL crew member slaves at this moment. Through Mr. Lipcon’s efforts, it’s reported that RCCL has recently stopped the back of the house slavery practice. If you or someone you know were ordered to the back of the house on a RCCL ship or any other cruise ship, click on the banner at the top of this page to contact Mr. Lipcon’s firm