Halliburton Now Facing Rape Lawsuit Trial
Posted on May 11, 2008
For some time, it looked like former Halliburton/KBR employee Jamie Leigh Jones, who claims she was gang-raped by co-workers over two years ago in Baghdad’s Green Zone, would be forced by KBR into private arbitration proceedings (read: no public record, corporation often has upper hand). But finally, on Friday, five months after her story aired on ABC and sparked a congressional controversy, a Texas judge ruled that Jones could take her case to court—noting in his order that Jones’ bedroom in her Baghdad quarters shouldn’t technically be considered part of her “workplace.”
Jones says that after she was raped by multiple men at a KBR camp in the Green Zone, the company put her under guard in a shipping container with a bed and warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.
[...] After months of waiting for criminal charges to be filed, Jones decided to file suit against Halliburton and KBR.
KBR had moved for Jones’ claim to be heard in private arbitration, instead of a public courtroom, as provided under the terms of her original employment contract.
Ellison, however, wrote in his order Friday that Jones’ claims of sexual assault, battery, rape, false imprisonment and others fall beyond the scope of her employment contract.
Jamie Leigh Jones has started a nonprofit foundation to help other women who have been raped or otherwise sexually assaulted while working abroad.