KBR Named A Preferred Employer Among Women? Surely you jest!
In a recent news release from KBR, it states they have made it onto the “Top 50 Employers” list for Woman Engineer Magazine with a ranking of #46. The lists published on WEM’s site do not include KBR so I can’t confirm KBR’s claim. Assuming KBR is not trying to mislead their employees and investors and did in fact somehow magically make it onto this list, I must then ask “Who in the Hell is #47, #48, #49 & #50?” KBR is notorious for their crimes and abuses against women employees. (Click HERE to contact Women Engineer Magazine and insist KBR be removed from the list)
Let’s start with this short list of well documented cases of female KBR employees who were brutally raped, harassed, intimidated and held against their will while working for KBR in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jamie Leigh Jones – Drugged and gang raped by KBR employee Charles Boartz and other unidentified KBR employees (firemen) and then held against her will by KBR management in the Green Zone – Baghdad, Iraq. To top it off KBR has the audacity to publicly vilify Jones by calling her a liar on their own site and in the media.
Anna Mayo – Raped and brutally beaten by who is believed to be a KBR employee and who was allowed to leave the country most likely by KBR management at Balad, Iraq. Again KBR chooses to publicly vilify Mayo by claiming she did not pursue the issue when she felt threatened by this employee when in fact she did report it to KBR management.
Dawn Leamon – Drugged and raped by at a KBR supervisor and a soldier and then harassed an intimidated to keep quiet. (Camp Harper – Basra, Iraq)
Rachel Wright – Sexually assaulted by KBR employee David Charles Breda who has since pled guilty and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison. (Al Asad, Iraq)
Tracy Barker – Sexually assaulted, harassed and falsely imprisoned while employed by KBR in Baghdad and Basra, Iraq.
Jo Frederiksen – Subjected to inappropriate touching, stalking, intimidation and verbal harassment by KBR co-workers and additional harassment and intimidation by KBR managers after she reported it. (Iraq)
Swanita Taylor – Fired after reporting sexual assault while working for KBR in Afghanistan. Again KBR chooses to publicly vilify Taylor by claiming “she made numerous complaints but she is now reporting, for the first time, an “exaggerated version” of her assault”.
Wanda Caban – Placed under house arrest for her romantic relationship with an Afghan national, in Kabul, Afghanistan. Caban later married this person in the U.S. I do not know of one instance of a male KBR employee who was placed under house arrest and fired for a having a romantic relationship in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Iraqi Woman – Fired after refusing to have sex with her KBR supervisor in Baghdad, Iraq.
The above is just a short list of the rapes, assaults, harassment and intimidation I’ve heard about. There’s just no telling how much has gone unreported or they don’t pursue after the initial report for fear of retaliation? KBR subjects their employees to secret arbitration so their dirty deeds can be kept secret behind closed doors. If you know of other cases of rape, assault, harassment etc, please let me know and I will add them to the list.
Several KBR managers have openly advertised and promoted their personal businesses which consist of owning hotels/brothels in Thailand and other SE Asian countries. And lets not forget about the in country operations by KBR supervisors and employees who allegedly victimized foreign national men and women by pimping them out at different camps around Iraq and Afghanistan. Numerous operations have been shut down by the Army. Then there are the countless number of KBR employees who R&R in Thailand and other SE Asian countries in order to hire prostitutes and and feed their pedophilia sickness. We had one of those in our group in the Green Zone. Rumor has it KBR has now limited the number of times an employee can R&R to SE Asia to once per year. Hmmm…..if there wasn’t a problem then why would they make this restriction? This is such a problem KBR also put out an informative power point presentation informing their employees that hiring prostitutes is against the rules. They seriously had to tell them that? As far as I’m concerned it was half-hearted attempt to patronize the client (US Army). I want to see enforcement! But if they started enforcing they would have to fire a huge portion of their own managers!
This is just the tip of the iceberg on cases involving female KBR employees and doesn’t include how they electrocuted SSG Ryan Maseth and SSG Chris Everett, poisoned hundreds of KBR employees and National Guard Troops at Qarmat Ali n Iraq, exposing 1000’s to dangerous carcinogens at mismanaged burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, were responsible for the deaths of drivers, and other employees and are under investigation for 100’s of million in contract fraud.
I urge YOU the reader to contact Woman Engineer Magazine and insist KBR be removed from the list. It’s a disgrace to the Magazine and KBR doesn’t deserve it. Feel free to send them a link to this post so they can read about how KBR treats their female employees.
Updated April 7, 2011 @ 10:13pm PST: Be sure to check out the awesome Mother Jones article by Adam Weinstein that just came out on this.
Updated April 8, 2011 @ 6:48am PST: Go check out the terrific article written by Richard Connelly at the Houston Press’ Hair Balls Blog.
Updated April 10, 2011 @ 11:12 am: Huffington Post has picked up the Mother Jones article. Quite an interesting conversation going on over there.
Jezebel as has also picked up the Mother Jones article