Mega defense contractor Kellogg, Brown, and Root is preparing to fight former employee Jamie Leigh Jones over her right to settle her suit with the company, all the way to the Supreme Court. Its strategy? Destroying Jones' credibility.
Jones is suing KBR for a painful and complicated reason - after she was drugged and allegedly gang-raped while working for the contractor, KBR chose to lock her in a shipping container rather than investigate the charges. She eventually escaped, but is now forced to sue the company to release her from her employment agreement (which requires arbitration of all disputes) so that she can pursue a court-based solution. KBR is already reeling from Senator Franken's amendment (which penalizes government contractors that force their employees to arbitrate claims of discrimination and sexual assault - a direct result of the Jones case), but far from being contrite, the decision against them in Circuit court appears to has strengthened their resolve to force Jones to do it the KBR way. Slate reports: