Today’s post was supposed to a follow up to the Ivanka post in which I celebrate Elinor Ostrom’s historic Nobel Prize win. Over the weekend, however, I came across a Daily KOS post on Al Franken\’s grilling of a Halliburton/KBR attorney during a hearing on the Senate Amendment 2588.
In a nutshell, Franken, (D-Minnesota) proposed an amendment to a Department of Defense Appropriations bill that prohibits “the use of funds for any Federal contract with Halliburton Company , KBR, Inc., any of their subsidiaries or affiliates, or any other contracting party if such contractor or a subcontractor at any tier under such contract requires that employees or independent contractors sign mandatory arbitration clauses regarding certain claims.”
“Certain claims” refers specifically to sexual assault cases like the one Jamie Leigh Jones brought against KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton at the time, after she was gang raped by colleagues in Iraq. When she attempted to report the crime she was locked in a shipping container and told if she left Iraq for medical treatment she’d be out of job. Unfortunately, it looks like Jones’ case may be one of many.
So, it would seem to make a lot of compassionate, common sense to say that vicious sexual assaults should not come under binding arbitration but are heinous criminal acts and should be prosecuted as such, in a court of law. Thirty Republican senators don’t think so. And if you want to know who they are, click HERE. That’s right, thirty Republican senators voted against the amendment, even after Jones bravely came forward with a story that should scare the hell out of female professionals, fathers and husbands everywhere.
Unconscionable. And the Department of “Justice” didn’t even bother to show.
But then Halliburton does give Republican senators lots and lots of reasons to defend them, don’t they?
Check out the following…
Jamie Leigh Jones’ story:
Al Franken’s questioning of Halliburton/KBR attorney: