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Celebrity Cruises Employee, Who Broke
Leg In Fight With Crew Member, Wins
By John Pacenti
September 16, 2013
A Miami-Dade jury has awarded $2.5 million to a former employee of Miami-based Celebrity Cruises for
injuries he suffered when he was attacked by a fellow crew member in a fight over cabin linens.
Vincent J. Fernandes suffered a fractured leg when he was thrown into a trolley by the irate crew member
in September 2009, according to the negligence lawsuit. The crew member was angry because Fernandes
was getting linen as his job required as an assistant stateroom attendant.
Celebrity "created a hostile working environment by failing to have enough linens," the complaint stated.
The situation caused workers "to compete for necessary linens before they ran out."
The jury on Friday awarded Fernandes $1.75 million in damages plus $750,000 for medical expenses and
Fernandes was represented by Ervin A. Gonzalez and Christopher Drury of Colson Hicks Eidson in Coral
Gables and Tonya Meister of Meister Law in Miami.
Celebrity was represented by David Horr and Eduardo Hernandez of Horr, Novak & Skipp in Miami.
This article originally appeared in the print edition under the headline “Cruise Employee Who Broke Leg In Fight Wins $2.5 Million Verdict.”
John Pacenti can be reached at (305) 347-6638.