Texas on KBR: Pro Sexual Assault Ruling

A Texas court has sided with Halliburton/KBR in a ruling that effectively allows them to get away with sexual assault (ABC):

A mother of five who says she was sexually harassed and assaulted while working for Halliburton/KBR in Iraq is headed for a secretive arbitration process rather than being able to present her case in open court.

A judge in Texas has ruled that Tracy Barker’s case will be heard in arbitration, according to the terms of her initial employment contract.

Barker says that while in Iraq she was constantly propositioned by her superior, threatened and isolated after she reported an incident of sexual assault.

Sound familiar?  It should.  I think Haliburton could use some updated brand awareness.  Here is their original logo:

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Here are a few alternatives I whipped up:

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I don’t care what contract these women signed.  No legal document can legitimize rape.  The judge who made the decision makes my blood boil:

District Judge Gray Miller, however, wrote in his order that “whether it is wise to send this type of claim to arbitration is not a question for this court to decide.”

“Sadly,” wrote Judge Miller, “sexual harassment, up to and including sexual assault, is a reality in today’s workplace.”

Why does the status of sexual assault as a “reality in today’s workplace” preclude the victim from proper recourse through criminal court?  This isn’t a case of sexual harrasment.  Its sexual assault.  Gray Miller should be fired immediately.

Halliburton has “divested itself of KBR”.  However the following should tell you everything you need to know about that relationship:

Halliburton and KBR had also sought to have Barker pay for their costs of defending their right to arbitrate. That request was denied.

Both companies now have a brand problem.  They are identified with sexual assault and rape.  I’ve done a quick mock up of an updated careers page for KBR to reflect their new image as a responsible corporate citizen:

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Sexual Violence is not a matter for private arbitration.  It is a matter for criminal court.  The Judge and the Halliburton and KBR corporations have failed in their ethical obligations as citizens and as people.

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