Carnival Corp And Justice Department Reach Settlement Related to Discrimination Claims
On Thursday, an agreement was reached between the Justice Department and Carnival Corp, the largest cruise service provider where the cruise company will pay $55,000 to the government and $350,000 to individuals with disability to whom the company allegedly failed to provide suitable services that was regarded as discrimination.
The investigation was connected to access on board of sixty two ships for people with disabilities in the brands Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Princess Cruises brands.
Carnival Corp. agreed to pay the penalties and the retribution as part of the agreed settlement for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer of the Southern District of Florida said, "This landmark ADA agreement will enable individuals with disabilities the opportunity to equally enjoy a full range of cabins and services that previously were unavailable while vacationing on cruise ships."
The Justice Department had started an investigation after receiving complaints that the cruise company was not providing proper and equal access to the disabled passengers.
Carnival Corp. agreed to cooperate with the investigation, and make suitable improvements to forty two of its existing ships which will comply with the regulations put forward by the ADA.
The justice department said that the thirteen other ships have to be updated in case they keep on to be in service in the U.S. ports after four years from the agreement.
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