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KBR maintains that their strong arm policy is effective

KBR “maintains strong and effective sexual harassment prevention and reporting programs.”
~Heather Browne~

Excuse me?  I believe that consistent reports and evidence shows that not only does KBR look the other way, they persecute the victims while  protecting the perps. It appears that the behavior not only continues but that the violence has escalated.  Since when is locking up a rape victim (Jamie Leigh Jones case), letting an accused rapist high tail it back home (Anna Mayo case) or keeping alleged attackers on the payroll (Dawn Leamon case) effective?  Is aiding and abetting considered a valid corporate policy by the DoD, for the companies it rewards with government contracts?  Instead of turning the other cheek, maybe the DoD needs to look at how many of these perps and their protectors hold security clearances. Pedophiles, pimps and criminals are a risk to national security, HELLO!

KBR takes complacency and greed to a whole new level of repulsion in my book. Evidently Heather Browne needs to do some KBR time in the Middle East!  ~Ms Sparky

KBR Subsidiary Sued by Former Employee Who Claims Sexual Assault in Iraq

Miriam Rozen – Texas Lawyer – October 14, 2010 – In an Oct. 1 petition, Rachel Wright alleges Houston-based KBR Inc. and seven of its subsidiaries are responsible for the conditions under which she was sexually assaulted. Wright is a former morale, welfare and recreation department coordinator for a KBR subsidiary operating in Iraq, Service Employees International Inc.

In her petition in Rachel Wright v. Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., et al., filed in Harris County’s 157th District Court, Wright also names as a defendant another former employee of the same KBR subsidiary, David Charles Breda Jr. Wright makes a claim of sexual assault and battery against Breda.

On Feb. 8, Judge Gray H. Miller of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston sentenced Breda to 24 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of abusive sexual contact.

Roderick White of the Law Offices of Roderick C. White in Fort Worth, who represents Breda in the criminal case, declines comment and says he does not represent Breda in the civil matter. Court records do not list a lawyer for Breda in the civil suit.

Breda could not be reached immediately for comment on Oct. 11 because a receptionist at the Federal Correctional Institution at Bastrop says Liz Eskew, the press contact, is out today due to the holiday.

In her Oct. 1 petition, Wright’s causes of action against the KBR corporate defendants include intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, fraud and breach of contract.

She seeks damages in excess of $100,000 from KBR, its subsidiaries and Breda for past and future medical treatment and past and future emotional distress, as well as exemplary damages from all the defendants for gross negligence and “legal malice.”

L. Todd Kelly, founder of The Kelly Law Firm in Houston, represents Wright.

Wright alleges that on Oct. 8, 2008, as she started moving from one living quarter to another in Iraq, Breda pinned her down on a bed and sexually assaulted her. She alleges that: “[M]any women have come forward to place KBR Defendants on notice of the sexually violent environment that it created. . . . [Her] attack never would have occurred but for the complacent ‘boys will be boys’ toleration of sexual abuses that continue to permeate the environment that KBR Defendants first created, then failed to warn Rachel about — an environment that was excused, if not encouraged, and of which KBR Defendants had ample prior notice.”

In response to questions about Wright’s state court petition, KBR director of media relations Heather Browne writes on behalf of KBR and its subsidiaries: “The safety and security of all employees remains KBR’s top priority. KBR maintains strong and effective sexual harassment and assault prevention and reporting programs to protect its employees. These programs include multiple trainings, communications, reporting mechanisms, and investigation procedures. KBR adamantly denies the allegations in Ms. Wright’s complaint that sexual misconduct is encouraged, tolerated, or ignored. KBR responded immediately to Ms. Wright’s report of inappropriate sexual contact and reported it to military authorities. KBR also fully cooperated with the criminal investigation of Ms. Wright’s claims.”

Browne says the company has not yet selected outside counsel in Wright’s suit. (Click HERE for original article)

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16 Comments

  1. Comment by Elizabeth:

    Moved “for your safety”-HR told me, to another site after having my head slammed into a militry vehicle subsequent to my refusing to comply with an order to “Go down” on whom I was told was my foreman after he’d already said that they were going to have fun now when I arrived because they’d been there for two years without any women, then at the new location I finally reported to our supervisor that the foreman there kept cornering me and kept demanding to know when I would be available while I was at working because he “needed to be with a woman” because he was separated from his wife, after his advances escalated to him touching me…I will always remember the supervisor’s response being to laugh loudly, and publicly saying “So he can’t even flirt right?!!” before literally turning his back on me and walking off. We had had “no tolerance” sexual harassment training in Houston, but not once in 15 months afterwards. Another foreman and a safety manager told me to fill out an official complaint to regional management—and then we all learned that the company conveniently had supplied NO complaint forms. After that, I was struck by a vehicle by the same person whom I repeatedly reported multiple times because he was following me day-after-day after work and then reporting in our morning work meeting when and where I had gone and what phones (in a designated phone area) I used. The supervisor told me that “he is too young to be a stalker”, HR admonished me for using too strong a word. KBR security was concerned because of the stalking behavior that matched what he knew from his former police officer days, and only after being hit with the vehicle AND concern expressed by KBR security was I then moved to a third site… It sure seems to me that the sexual harassment prevention is based on getting rid of the women so they are no longer there to be harassed, especially since my sexually-harassed CHU gal in her situation was further humiliated by being told by KBR HR that she should have known what she was getting in to by working in a male-dominated field in a war zone. Efficient Sexual Harassment Reporting Program—Now that is the humor of the decade!!! NO complaint forms whatsoever, laughed at by my supervisor for reporting, moved from site-to-site after each assault/”accident” (He didn’t mean to slam your head into the vehicle–he slipped on a rock–Yeah, right…and He is too young to be a stalker…Oh, but he didn’t mean to hit you what the vehicle, he’s too young to be a stalker”…Yeah, right…). Men were signed up for PX check-writing privileges but I had to trade a lunchtime to contact the military myself after the company repeatedly for weeks did not add me to the list; men were given tools and a tool box soon after arrival but I had to watch man after man arrive and be issued equipment while I requested repeatedly same since it was needed, men were issued safety glasses at one site and new men arriving were also granted a tour of the base whiel I was repeatedly denied for weeks and never did get the male-offered orientation tour, men were picked up and dropped off by the foreman with his truck but I had to take the work bus (which was fine, just the men didn’t have to get up as early or stay at work as late to catch the work bus). Sexual harassment was blatant. I was told by many to just go along with the sexual orders because “if you don’t just go along with it, they will do to you like they did to ____, and to ____, and to_____. Woman after woman had her job or career destroyed. Moving the assaulted or sexually harassed woman to another site as though she were a criminal, permitted to gather her things with a very visible escort, not permitted to say goodby to anybody, moved and signed off like a criminal fostered, in my opinion, further harm to the woman. The few harmful men became bolder and bolder, because they seemingly were protected each step of the way. The ACTING policy–unlike Heather Browne’s convenient after-the-fact and under more public policy–evidently was COMPLY with sexual demands or you will indeed suffer. Never knowing when I would be assaulted again, added a great amount of fear to the very hostile work (and housing area, after work) environment.

  2. Comment by What!:

    There’s so much more behind the scene(s) to this story involving two security members which was covered up under the direction of Kenly Nifong. They were both Security Techs and were knee deep in this incident, looking the other way and instead reporting the incident they sat on it. Of course, instead of firing them, they were both kept on payroll so not to embarrass the company. The one Security female left the project because the “heat” was getting to unbearable and was promptly re-hired by Kenly Nifong; she was located to another camp. From what I read of the complaint; yes she has a case but she needs to include Kenly Nifong and Ron Allen as co-defendants’.

  3. Comment by Barry:

    People need to realize that this behavior is UNACCEPTABLE.For those of you that werent there and these accounts seem overblown or exaggerated-I assure you they are not.

    This is the way some people behave overseas,because no one is STOPPING them.There is no 911,there are no cops to call.

    I have long admired the courage,strength and will of any woman with the guts to go over and brave that environment,what great people I met,what outstanding individuals you are!!

    Keep your heads up and keep SPEAKING OUT!!

  4. Comment by Info:

    After reading this statement by Browne, I felt compelled to reply

    “These programs include multiple trainings, communications, reporting mechanisms, and investigation procedures. KBR adamantly denies the allegations in Ms. Wright’s complaint that sexual misconduct is encouraged, tolerated, or ignored. KBR responded immediately to Ms. Wright’s report of inappropriate sexual contact and reported it to military authorities. KBR also fully cooperated with the criminal investigation of Ms. Wright’s claims.”

    First of all, for those that remember, this is the same camp where they had the truck driver who had child pornography and when Camp Security alerted the LC3 HQ Management staff about it, they simply let the guy voluntarily demob without doing anything. True, NCIS didn’t pursue the matter but the Security Director and ER Director totally disregarded the situation thus allowing the truck driver back on the project and into the news. IT WAS REPORTED! Now, fast forward several years later and another child pornography case is reported to the Security Director and he “blows it off” and the next thing you know the guy is being arrested on a plane in Atlanta. IT WAS REPORTED! How about the cover-up on the Mayo case. They have it right in front of their eyes about the security officer(s) planting evidence (to further their KBR careers) but yet the Officers are protected and kept on payroll. IT WAS REPORTED! There’s another security guy down in Parker, fat black guy, who continually harasses females and tries to get free sexual favors for his keeping quiet about “things he knows about the girls.” This is the same guy who’s been moved to three camps, was fired once, and was at the same camp as the Balad victim. IT WAS REPORTED! Then you have the Billeting manager at Delta who was going into females rooms when they were at work and jacking off (he forgot his tub of Vaseline and finally got caught). This was reported to LC3 Security Headquarters and they failed to act. How about the stalker who was sent to Balad because they felt he needed a change of scenery and really wasn’t a bad guy. This guy had several proven cases of sexual harassment against females but ER and HQ Security just moved him until a month or so later he was finally fired. IT WAS REPORTED SEVEN TIMES OVER!! How about all the documented ER cases where females have continually complained about their supervisors and or managers trying to get some sexual favors in exchange for promotion or an easier work schedule? I know it on good fact that a report was generated to the Security Director and he ignored it saying ER had like “attorney client privileges” and couldn’t be touched. Even when there were females crying out for some help and ER just blew it off saying it was “he said – she said”; IT WAS REPORTED to an outside party but ignored. Then take a look at Elizabeth’s post and the treatment she was subjected to; does anyone doubt her story??? I just want to know how they can keep such incompetence on payroll i.e. Nifong, Copling, McGath, etc. Do they think people are making this up?

    • Comment by Todd Kelly:

      Info – and everyone else who blogs about this –

      If you really want to help stop this situation, we have got to get your sworn testimony in front of a jury. I am honored to be asked to help, but I cannot do anything without witnesses who are willing to speak up. Please call my office: 713-255-2055. I will take your call – or call you back. These victims (and those we can prevent) need you.

      • Comment by all ears:

        Mr. Kelly,
        We emailed each other back and forth in the past. You basically said that with the politics of the day that a final resolution will not come in favor due to Republicans. Yet you seem to only want to go with sex crimes. I mentioned to you Title 7 violations against US workers by Fluor. We are told in some cases that our positions were filled when in fact they are being replaced by TCNs. Then I asked about the age discrimination happening. Fluor is not renewing their contracts if you are so old. Fluor appears to be hiring young workers from Bosnia, Macedonia and through PPI/APS more Filipinos that just happen to be young. Then there is George Rabb who won’t let people go on emergency R and Rs because he “can’t afford it”. This is even with a Red Cross letter. I will not even go into the salary disparity between country workers. PPI workers do not get a R and R for 24 months. What happened to equal opportunity? Please respond.

        • Comment by Todd Kelly:

          If we had discussions about a potential representation, I am forbidden from discussing that on this public forum. I do not doubt that there are a tremendous number of Title VII violations being committed by these companies. My concern is that I run a small law firm (think Marine fire team) against several large ones with money to burn (think battalions). I can only tackle so many issues at a time. I am sorry if I was unable to help you. I am sure that another attorney may be able to take it on, but if I lose focus – I lose. My clients deserve an attorney who stays focused on their cases. You do, too. I am happy to have a private e-mail exchange with you about the particulars of your case – and to try and help you find a lawyer who has the time and resources to assist you. This is not the best place for that discussion, as I know that KBR and their attorneys (Hello, Dan -and Celia, and Holly) read these posts.

  5. Comment by TRUTH:

    MR. KELLY,

    I HAVE SENT AN EMAIL TO HEIDI VICKNAIR YOUR ASSOCIATE. DETAILING INFORMATION OF MY ABANDONMENT IN KUWIAT WITH L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX WHICH BROUGHT ME TO KUWAIT AND SPONSORING COMPANY IS KRH (KUWAIT RECONSTRUCTION HOUSE)

    THEY HAVE “ABANDON ME” AND “WRONGFULLY TERMINATED ME” IN KUWAIT WITH “NO REGARDS” TO FORMALITY AND PROFESSIONALISM.

    I HAVE FILED A CASE AGAINST BOTH “PARTIES” IN 2007 BUT WITH THE “HELP OF KRH (SPONSOR)” USING THE “WASTA” SYSTEM AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX “NOT BEING A REGISTERED” COMPANY; THE “KUWAITI COURT” WAS UNABLE TO “SERVE ALLEDGE CHARGES AND COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST” L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX AND KRH, DUE TO “DOUBLE STANDARDS OF THE LEGAL SYSTEM AND CORRUPTION OF “KUWAITI SPONSOR, KRH” USING “WASTA” AS TO AVOID, PROPER COURT RULING OR HEARING.

    THEY SUSPENDED MY CASE UNTIL MY STATUE OF LIMITATION (ONE YEAR) “RAN OUT” SO THAT I
    COULD NOT FILE A CASE AGAIN AND THEY DISMISS MY CASE “AS IMPROPER DOCUMENTS FILED”

    HERE IS MY EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET DETAIL INFORMATION AND DOCUMNETS FOR MY “WRONGFUL DISCHARGE”, DISCRIMINATION BY USE OF “PREJUDICE” AND RETALIATION…..

  6. Comment by TRUTH:

    ORANGEJ68@YAHOO.COM (MY EMAIL ADDRESS)

    IF YOU NEED A “REFERENCE” YOU CAN CONTACT MR. BARNES HE IS AN ASSOCIATE OF MINE; WHO ALSO HAD SIMILAR PATTERNS IN HOW HE WAS “MISLEAD” BY KRH AND HOW THE COMPANY ITT, IS DOING THE SAME “SCAM” AS L-3 COMMUNICATION VERTEX, OKLAHOMA CITY, OK

    • Comment by TRUTH:

      THIS IS NOW A MATTER OF “LEGAL REPRESENTATION” TO UNCOVER THE “WRONG DOING” AND “LAWS TO BE APPLIED APPROPRIATELY AS TO “EXTRACT” THE TRUTH OF HOW “AMERICAN COMPANIES” AND “SPONSORING KUWAITI COMPANIES” ARE COORDINATING THIS “MESS” THAT WE ARE IN AND “AMERICAN EXPATS” BROUGHT TO WORK IN “KUWAIT” OR THE MIDDLE EAST ARE BEING “BROUGHT AND CONTRACTED” TO WORK IN KUWAIT.

      THE ANSWER AND TRUTH CAN BE “STUDIED” TO COME WITH A “CONCLUSION” HOW THIS HAS DEVELOPED INTO ONE OF THE “BIGGEST CORRUPTION AND SMUGGLING OF PEOPLE” INTO THIS COUNTRY BY THE “USE OF WASTA, DOUBLE STANDARD SYSTEM AND CORRUPTION.

      AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, WHO’S SIGN MY CONTRACT IN “UNITED STATES” BELIEVING THAT “I HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS AND PROTECTION” FROM THE “COMPANY, L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX THAT BROUGHT ME TO KUWAIT. MY COMMITMENT AS A WORKER WAS “UNFAILING” BUT THE “COMPANY” IN WHICH BROUGHT ME TO DO BUSINESS AND FOR ME TO WORK IN “KUWAIT” HAS FAILED TO KEEP THEIR “PROMISE OF PROTECTION” AND FOR MY “LEAGAL AND EQUAL RIGHTS” AS A CITIZEN OF UNITED STATES, HAS BEEN “OBSCURED” BY BOTH COMPANY, L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX AND KRH (KUWAIT RECOSTRUCTION HOUSE) WHICH HAS “ENGAGE INTO ILLEGAL ACTIVITY, THUS LEAVING ME IN A SITUATION AND “PUT ME AT RISK” AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN AND AS A DOD CONTRACT WORKER IN KUWAIT.

      HAVE I KNOWN IN “ADVANCE” DURING THE SINGNING OF MY CONTRACT, THAT I WAS GOING TO BE “DISCRIMINATED”, USING PREJUDICE AS MEANS TO “DO MY EVALUATION”/TREATMENT OF WORKER (FILIPINO AMERICAN) AND BEING SUBJECTED TO RETALIATION, MENTAL ABUSE, MISLEADING ME TO “HAVE EQUAL RIGHTS AS A WORKER” AND PUTTING ME AT “RISK” AS A WORKER; UNDER THE “AMERICAN LAWS AND HOST NATIONS LAWS” AS A COMMITTED AND RESPONSIBLE PERSON….I WOULD “NOT” HAVE SIGN THE CONTRACT……PERIOD

      I HAVE FACE MORE “DISCRIMINATION, PREJUDICE, RACISM, MENTAL ABUSE, RETALIATION AND ABANDONMENT DUE TO LACK OF OVERSIGHT BY THE “AMERICAN GOVERNMENT” AS WELL AS THE CORRUPTED KUWAITI SPONSOR USING “WASTA” AND THE “FAILURE” OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX TO “PROTECT MY RIGHTS AS AN INDIVIDUAL CITIZEN, OF UNITED STATES” AND AN AMERICAN CITIZEN IS NOT “ACCEPTABLE WAY” “OF DOING BUSINESS” OVERSEAS AND AT HOME…..AS THESE WORDS I HAVE “IDENTIFIED AND MENTIONED” ABOVE IS CONSIDERED “UNLAWFUL BY ANY FORM OF LAWS” AND IT MUST BE “CONDEMN” BY THE HOST NATIONS AND UNITED STATES….AS PART OF A “TEAM” AND PART OF THE “AMERICAN COMPANY” I SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN “ABANDONE” IN KUWAIT TO SEEK “JUSTICE AND EQUAL RIGHTS”……I DESERVE THE TRUTH AND I DESERVE AN ANSWER OF WHY; I WAS ABANDON AND WHY I WAS “TREATED” THIS WAY AS “FILIPINO AMERICAN” BROUGHT TO WORK IN KUWAIT AS A “DOD GOVERNMENT WORKER”…..WHICH I AM AN “EXTENSION” OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA………

      AMERICA AND AMERICAN COMPANY INCLUDING KUWAITI SPONSOR HAS BROUGHT THIS TO ME AND NOT ME “BRINGING IT TO MYSELF” I AM AN AMERICAN AND I DEMAND ANSWERS FOR MY “ABANDONMENT” AND MY MISTREATMENT AS A WORKER AND AS PART OF THE “AMERICAN SYSTEM”/TEAM………

      IF LEGAL LAWS, FAIRNESS AND CHECKS AND BALANCE WHERE “APPROPRIATELY” BEING APPLIED, I WOULD NOT BE “ABANDON” TODAY……..SO THIS FALLS ON THE AMERICAN COMPANY, L-3 COMMUNICATIONS VERTEX, “AMERICAN GOVERNMENT” AND THE KUWAITI GOVERNMENT THAT ALLOWS THESE “CORRUPTION” TO CONTINUE AND TO HARM AN INNOCENT MAN………LIKE MYSELF…..I DEMAND THE “TRUTH”

      END OF STATEMENT…….

      JULIUS TIANGSON III

      • Comment by TRUTH:

        IF AMERICA “CAN NOT PROTECT “ME” AS AN INDIVIDUAL” AND A CITIZEN OF UNITED STATES”……..

        THEN HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE AMERICAN “PEOPLE” AND IT’S “CITIZENS” TO BELIEVE, THAT THE GOVERNMENT AND IT’S SYSTEM CAN “PROTECT” IT’S “BORDERS” AND THE EVER “INCREASING THREAT” OF “TERRORISM” AT HOME……..IF WE ARE “SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY”

        WHICH LEADS ME TO “BELIEVE” THAT I WAS NEVER BROUGHT TO KUWAIT TO SUPPORT THE UNITED STATES ARM FORCES/MILITARY TO FIGHT AGAINST “TERRORISM”; BUT ONLY TO SUPPORT “CORRUPTION AND GREED” OF THE “AMERICAN GOVERNMENT” AND IT’S SYSTEM OF “DOMINANCE, CORRUPTION AND POWER……….

        TELL ME THE “TRUTH” AND MAKE THE DEVIL SHAME..

        MY GUARDIAN IS “GOD” AND MY “GOD” TELLS ME THERE IS A “FLAW” IN THE “AMERICAN SYSTEM”….

        I AM CLEAR AND I AM NOT COMPLACENT…..TELL ME “MY PRESENCE IS NOT” ABOUT GREED AND MONEY…..BECAUSE IF IT IS…..MAY “GOD” HELP US ALL AS PEOPLE AND AS “HUMANITY”

        JULIUS TIANGSON III

  7. Comment by Info:

    Mr. Kelly,

    I can’t speak for Elizabeth but I didn’t want you to think your requests for assistance are going unheard. I believe we all would speak up in a heartbeat however, the fear of being fired is omnipresent; I don’t believe we would have rights under the Whistleblower shield. I know for a fact that Mr. Nifong has secretly ordered his KBR “spooks” to go out there and try to pinpoint personnel hanging out at the MWRs using the computers and writing to blogsites. I’m not going to the extreme and say they are wiretapping our phones (though it wouldn’t surprise me) but when they get a chance to see who is leaking things they will trounce all over the person and phones here are logged. A good example of these underhanded subversive tactics is the “DOJ” back-up of computer hard drives. They say it’s for future DOD related litigation purposes (and mandated by the contract) but in actuality it’s for them to cover their as#’=s when they get sued. They take the computer hard drive of all employees and scan it. Often, the IT Techs (on their free time) go through your stuff just to see whose dating who, or find out who’s doing what. I understand the company owns the data and whatever material may be on the hard drive but to use personal correspondence against a person, I’m not so sure about. Often, our work computers are the only way to communicate and them to take your e-mails and try to use them against you, has to be wrong. I guarantee you they have the girls from Al Asad and the girl’s computer from Anaconda. They are probably using whatever personal data against the person making a compliant. If I can get to a phone without fearing the consequences, I definitely will call.

  8. Comment by Todd Kelly:

    Info,
    Thanks for responding. I understand your concerns, and they seem to be legitimate from what I know. But how do we stop them if no one will speak up?

  9. Ping from » Women team up to stop alleged contractor abuses in Iraq Ms Sparky:

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