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KBR Named A Preferred Employer Among Women? Surely you jest!

Every once in a while, something so incomprehensible happens, it throws off the whole balance of nature, white becomes black, up becomes down and pigs fly.

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 MayoRaped 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. Read the remainder of this entry »

The Center For Public Integrity points out KBR’s human trafficking issues

DEFENSE: War Contracting Commission Cites Center Article on Trafficking

By Nick Schwellenbach | July 28, 2010
The Center For Public Integrity

During a hearing on the oversight of subcontractors in war zones, the Wartime Contracting Commission on Monday cited the Center for Public Integrity/Washington Post investigation into the difficulty of enforcing a U.S. ban on contractors engaging in sex trafficking. It also delved into numerous instances of human trafficking and pressed government witnesses and contractors, especially Houston-based Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR), on what they’re doing to stop these abuses.

Subcontractors are companies that work for “prime” contractors, which have a direct contractual relationship with the Pentagon or U.S. government.

“We all saw recently a news article that says the buck is being passed around here” regarding allegations of human trafficking, said Charles Tiefer, a commission member. “And that is, the IG sends it to somebody else, the criminal people say it’s not ours, and the program manager says it’s not ours.”

“I wonder whether you would favor formalizing the responsibilities, so the program manager has to follow up any allegations,” Tiefer asked three government witnesses. That means a subcontractor or military contracting officer would be “obliged to follow up any allegations of human trafficking and cannot simply say ‘I’ve delegated that to somebody else’.” Read the remainder of this entry »