Jenie Mallari-Torres Sep. 8, 2016, 10:35pm


FORT LAUDERDALE — A ship captain has filed suit against the vessel for which he was previously employed, citing unpaid wages of more than $25,000.

Janz Staats filed a complaint Sept. 1 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division, against M/Y Perseverance II, alleging that the motor yacht should be declared foreclosed as pursuant to the Federal Maritime Lien Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 13, 2015, he was hired to serve as captain of the motor yacht with monthly compensation in the amount of $13,084. To date, the plaintiff purportedly is owed a total of $25,076 in unpaid wages. 

The plaintiff holds M/Y Perseverance II responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to compensate the plaintiff in a timely manner and failed to pay wages owed.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment in his favor, wages due in the amount of $25,076, attorneys' fees, interest, costs, damages, to be authorized to credit bid for purchase of the vessel in lieu of cash, an order for vessel to be condemned and sold to pay demands and further relief as the court may deem just. He is represented by Robert D. McIntosh and Adam B. Cooke of McIntosh Schwartz PL in Fort Lauderdale.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Fort Lauderdale Division, case number 16-cv-62095

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