KBR Wants Rape Claimant To Pay Its Legal Fees

Now that KBR has prevailed in Jamie Leigh Jones' civil case against them, they want her to pay their fees, which total in the millions. And, legally speaking, they are probably just doing it to be assholes. » 8/24/11 10:40am 8/24/11 10:40am

Will Jamie Leigh Jones Lose Her KBR Rape Case?

Any day now, jurors will issue a verdict in Jamie Leigh Jones' civil suit against mega-contractor KBR and a firefighter she says raped her, and Mother Jones is saying she's probably going to lose. » 7/07/11 6:49pm 7/07/11 6:49pm

Company That Locked Raped Woman In Container Named "Top Employer For…

Remember that whole thing where a KBR employee was drugged and gang-raped by coworkers and then locked in a shipping container by her bosses? And then the company essentially said she was asking for it? And then Al Franken worked to close the loophole that allowed them wriggle out of being sued? Oh, and those pesky… » 4/08/11 1:00pm 4/08/11 1:00pm

KBR Says Jamie Leigh Jones Was Asking For It

Jamie Leigh Jones worked for KBR when she was brutally gang raped and imprisoned by co-workers and later rescued by her Texas-based Congressman. Today, KBR dropped its fight to deny her justice. But it's not all good news. » 3/30/10 4:20pm 3/30/10 4:20pm

KBR Claims Crime Was "Distinct Risk" In Jamie Leigh Jones Case

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. » 1/29/10 2:20pm 1/29/10 2:20pm

Woman Falls, Rips Picasso • France Reconsiders Veil Ban

• Last Friday afternoon, a woman taking an adult education class at the Met lost her balance and fell onto a Picasso painting. "The Actor," a painting from Picasso's Roe Period, suffered a six-inch tear in its lower right-hand corner. » 1/25/10 5:40pm 1/25/10 5:40pm

Repubs Think Franken Painted Them As "Rapist Sympathizers"

The GOP is complaining that Al Franken isn't doing enough to combat leftists from "tap[ping] into the natural sympathy that we have for [victims of rape]" and it's making them look bad. Here's a thought: stop defending rapists! [Politico] » 12/02/09 2:30pm 12/02/09 2:30pm

KBR Arbitration Awards Another Assault Victim

Former military construction contractor Tracy Barker was raped in Iraq in 2005 while on the job. Barker went through arbitration and won a settlement, but her former employer, Kellogg Brown & Root, is still trying to screw her over. » 11/20/09 3:20pm 11/20/09 3:20pm

Franken Anti-Rape Amendment In Danger

Democratic Senator Dan Inouye may remove Al Franken's anti-rape amendment from the defense appropriations bill, because defense contractors are complaining it would leave them overly vulnerable. The vulnerability of actual rape victims: apparently not a concern.[Huffington Post] » 10/22/09 4:20pm 10/22/09 4:20pm

Jamie Leigh Jones Takes On Pro-KBR Senators On Rachel Maddow

Last night on the Rachel Maddow Show, Jamie Leigh Jones and her attorney, Todd Kelly, spoke out directly about the Defense Appropriations Bill Amendment, showing their support for the measure and expressing their disappointment with those who voted against it. » 10/22/09 1:00pm 10/22/09 1:00pm

Sen. Franken Fights KBR On Behalf Of Rape Vicitims

Sen. Al Franken's amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill passed yesterday; the amendment penalizes companies that restricts claims of sexual assualt and discrimination to arbitration. The opposition claims that this is "a political attack" aimed at Halliburton/KBR. [ThinkProgress] » 10/07/09 3:30pm 10/07/09 3:30pm

After 2 Years, Court Rules Gang Rape Unrelated To Employment

Finally, there's some news about Jamie Leigh Jones, the former Halliburton/KBR employee who was gang-raped by co-workers and then held in a shipping container so she couldn't report it, that won't make any reasonable person weep. » 9/16/09 4:20pm 9/16/09 4:20pm

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This But Please God Only Like 200 More…

God, where to begin today. Maybe with the fact that while your mortgage payment was tripling, Goldman Sachs's earnings fell a whole entire 11% ?? Or like, while the Justice Department was systematically sacking any and all prosecutors whose decisions on things like habeas corpus and torture and crap fell anywhere to… » 6/17/08 10:00am 6/17/08 10:00am

Another day, another accusation of sexual abuse against KBR in Iraq. This time, KBR contractors at the British Embassy are accused of using jobs at the embassy as their own personal forced dating/escort service, and dismissing Iraqis who refused or complained. When one finally complained to the British Foreign Office,… » 5/08/08 3:40pm 5/08/08 3:40pm

Rape, Abortion, & Angry Johnnys: Everything Today Is Making Us Stabby

Iraq Sexual Assault Victim: "I Felt Safer On The Convoys With The Army…

Jamie Leigh Jones, the 22-year-old who was gang-raped while working for KBR in Iraq, isn't the only female contractor to suffer under a culture of sexual harassment and subsequent intimidation. Today, the New York Times talks to three other women who were sexually abused in the Mideast by male colleagues while working… » 2/13/08 9:30am 2/13/08 9:30am

DoD To Jamie Leigh Jones: You're On Your Own, Sweetie

Jamie Leigh Jones, the administrative assistant for former Halliburton subsidiary KBR who says she was brutally gang raped and then locked in a small trailer by her KBR co-workers while working in Iraq, will not be getting any support from the Department of Defense regarding her attempt to sue KBR in civil court.… » 1/09/08 9:30am 1/09/08 9:30am