A lawsuit launched by two women against Maersk in two rape and sexual harassment cases aboard the same Maersk ship has taken another turn.
At the end of August, Maersk has asked the Supreme Court of the State of New York to pause the legal case until Nov. 18, ShippingWatch has learned.
The purpose is to negotiate a settlement with the two women through a mediation process with assistance from an independent third party.
A potential settlement, which may be fully or partly confidential, could result in Maersk paying millions of dollars in compensation to the two women.
ShippingWatch has asked Maersk for a comment regarding the case being paused and as to why the carrier wants a settlement with the two women.
“We cannot comment on active litigation,” reads a comment from Maersk’s press team.
The two women have sued Maersk for having failed to protect them and take responsibility when they were allegedly subjected to rape and sexual offences, respectively.