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DynCorp, EEOC settle harassment, retaliation suit

Retaliation was the most common discrimination charge against a federal employer last year, according to a report by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. ~ Jolie Lee, Federal News Radio

Ruben Gomez – (Federal News Radio) – January 9, 2012 – Virginia-based Dyncorp International will pay $155,000 to settle a sex-based harassment and retaliation lawsuit, the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission said Monday.

The EEOC suit alleged that a male employee harassed James Friso, an aircraft and sheet metal/structural mechanic working in Iraq, because Friso did not meet “the harasser’s gender stereotype for a man,” according to an EEOC statement.

“The harassment included daily derogatory sex-based comments, such as accusations that Friso was gay and engaged in homosexual acts, and descriptions of homosexual acts,” the statement said. “Friso is married, and the co-worker who subjected him to the comments knew that he is married and is not homosexual.”

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KBR can’t recover $2M from Jones; case not frivolous says Judge

Jamie Leigh Jones

John O’Brien – (Legal Newsline) – HOUSTON  – September 27, 2011 – Jamie Leigh Jones, the woman who alleged her employer was at fault for a rape that a jury said never happened, must pay court costs to the company she sued but not its attorneys fees.

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison ruled Monday on Kellogg, Brown and Root’s motion for costs and attorneys fees, more than two months after a federal jury found that Jones was not raped while an employee of KBR, a former subsidiary of Halliburton.

He ruled that Jones is on the hook for KBR’s $145,073.19 in court costs. Citing a federal rule of civil procedure, Ellison wrote “costs – other than attorneys fees – should be allowed to the prevailing party.”

A federal jury decided in July that Jones, whose case became a talking point for those who sought mandatory arbitration reform, was not raped in Iraq while employed by KBR. The company moved on Aug. 17 to have its attorneys fees paid by Jones. KBR spent more than $2 million on attorneys fees.

In fighting the lawsuit, KBR had argued a mandatory arbitration clause in her employment contract had prevented her from suing the company in open court. An appeals court sided with Jones on that issue, but jurors ruled in July that Jones and Charles Bortz had engaged in consensual sex. Read the remainder of this entry »

HBO’s “Hot Coffee” Documentary features Jamie Leigh Jones rape case and others

Hot Coffee Premieres on HBO, Monday, June 27 at 9 PM (E/P)/8 PM (C)

“Eye-opening indictment of the way big business spins the media.” —Variety

“Stunning debut … Sends audiences out of the theater thinking in a brand new way.” —Washington Post

“Entertaining, informative … vivdly illuminating.” —Hollywood Reporter

Sending Good Thoughts to Jamie Leigh Jones

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When Margaret Mead famously said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has,” I’m sure even she couldn’t have envisioned a young woman named Jamie Leigh Jones. As a 20-year-old, Jamie experienced some of the worst horrors one could imagine but rather than cower in the corner feeling helpless and defeated, she has used that experience to change the world. Read the remainder of this entry »

KBR, Named in Sex Lawsuits, Called One of Top 50 Companies For Women In Magazine Poll (ABC News)

KBR employee Anna Mayo, Age 26 Photo taken after brutal attack in Iraq-Anna's deserves justice. (Courtesy of Kelly Law Firm)

Has you might recall MsSparky.com first blogged about this unfathomable “award” on April 7th. (read HERE) Then main stream blogs Mother Jones, Houston Press, Huffington Post, Jezebel picked it up. Then countless smaller watchdog blogs like The Truth Has Changed picked it up. Now ABC has picked it up. One would think John R. Miller, III – Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Equal Opportunity Publications (no joke) would be tired of this negative publicity and just remove KBR from the list. What self respecting company would even want to be on the same list as KBR? I do know in fact John Miller is tired of my emails, which I may just publish on MsSparky.com!

A personal message to Mr. John Miller “All you have to do is remove KBR from the list. Return any monies paid and bump everyone else up one. Easy as that!”

Company Facing Lawsuits For Alleged Sexual Assaults Voted Top Employer For Women

KBR, Named in Sex Lawsuits, Called One of Top 50 Companies For Women In Magazine Poll

By HANNA SIEGEL (ABC News)
April 11, 2011

KBR, a company that has been sued repeatedly for alleged sexual assaults and harassment of female employees, has been voted one of the best companies for women to work for by a magazine aimed at female engineers.

Woman Engineer named the Houston-based contracting company number 46 in the 2011 version of the magazine’s annual list of the top 50 best workplaces. Winners were chosen by readers who responded to a survey, and the magazine will publish the full list later this month.

KBR has extensive contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Attorney Todd Kelly, who has so far represented five former KBR employees who have alleged sexual assault or harassment, told ABC News that in all about 40 women have contacted his office about alleged incidents that occurred while they were working overseas for KBR or at one of its facilities. Read the remainder of this entry »

It’s hammer time – keeping defense contractors in check

Will 2011 be the year that we see the USG grow a set and begin enforcing the laws on errant and corrupt contractors?  In the last few months new legislation has been enacted that seems to point in that direction.  However, as the loyal readers of Ms Sparky know,  new rules generally invoke new methods of  cover up by the criminal elements committing these misdeeds and acts of malfeasance.   Also, what about the old rules?  When is the USG going to enforce them?  Has anyone been debarred, sanctioned or otherwise called on the carpet for violating or covering up crimes in the past?  I am not talking about the smattering of indictments, convictions and plea deals against individuals that have made headlines.  I am talking about the dirty rotten scoundrels laughing all the way to the bank to deposit billions of taxpayer dollars into their corporate coffers!  ~Forseti

Defense Authorization Bolsters Foreign Contractor Accountability and Expands FAPIIS

Neil Gordon – POGO – January 14, 2010 – Earlier this week, POGO submitted a public comment about a new Department of Defense interim rule permitting the reduction or denial of award fees if contractors jeopardize the health or safety of government personnel. Since then, POGO became aware of a provision tucked into the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 that could send the rule drafters at the Pentagon back to the drawing board. In addition, it will also provide the public with a new source of contractor accountability data.

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