SC awards seafarer for abuse, harassment

The Supreme Court ordered a manning agency and its principal to pay a seafarer the remainder of his contract and damages after a ship officer sexually harassed and physically abused him in 2014.

The said its Third Division ordered Anglo-Eastern Crew Management Philippines and its foreign principal Anglo-Eastern (Antwerp) NV to pay the seaman 1,389 dollars, representing the unexpired portion of his contract; 100,000 pesos in moral damages; 50,000 pesos in exemplary damages and attorney’s fees amounting to 10 percent of the total monetary award.

The SC said the case was unique because the illness involved was a “mental health disorder.”

Court records showed that the seafarer was hired as a messman by Anglo-Eastern Crew on behalf of Antwerp in October 2013 and was deployed on board a ship in February 2014.

On June 27, 2014, the seafarer served dinner to one of the ship’s officers, who later demanded that he perform a sexual act.

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