Maritime Employment Law and Legal Definition

Maritime employment refers to an employment or a job that is related to the loading, unloading, construction, or repair of a vessel. Maritime employment is an occupational concept that is dependent upon the nature of the employee's activities. The purpose of the work determines whether a job constitutes to maritime employment. Here, particular skills used are irrelevant in deciding if a job falls under maritime employment. However, under maritime employment, a person’s activity should have a realistically significant relationship to traditional maritime activity.

The following is an example of a case law defining maritime employment :

Maritime employment refers to activities that bear a significant relationship to navigation or to commerce on navigable waters.[Boudreaux v. American Workover, Inc., 664 F.2d 463 (5th Cir. La. 1981)]