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article imageOnline petition seeks to deny Costa Concordia captain back pay

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 27, 2012 in World
An online petition at the website ForceChange is seeking to ensure that Costa Cruises, who own the sunken Italian cruise liner, the Costa Concordia, do not pay to the ship's captain back pay or compensation for lost wages.
Earlier this month, the captain of the Costa Concordia when it went too close to the shore of the island of Giglio in the Tuscan Bay and hit a reef, sued Costa Cruises to get his job back. Despite being on trial now for multiple charges, including causing a shipwreck and abandoning his ship, Francesco Schettino also seeks back pay for wages lost since the Jan. 13 tragedy.
Francesco Schettino sues for compensation
But Kelly Hamilton on ForceChange writes that with Schettino's "fate still unknown and the damage still so shocking, Schettino must not be rewarded compensation for his work." Hamilton then urges people to "sign the petition below to urge Costa Cruises not to award Francesco Schettino any type of additional compensation or back pay."
Should Schettino be successful in his lawsuit, Costa Cruises may be forced to pay the disgraced captain compensation of some kind, and could even be required to rehire him. Legal experts in Italy, however, have indicated that the likelihood of Schettino winning his suit are slim.
Thirty-two people died during the tragedy. The ship remains 300 meters from the shore of the island while an American company, Titan Salvage, and an Italian company, Microperi, work to refloat it and tow it to a port for scrapping.
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