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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. Read the remainder of this entry »
KBR “maintains strong and effective sexual harassment prevention and reporting programs.”
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)
A co-worker in Iraq convicted of the attack on her
JAMES PINKERTON – HOUSTON CHRONICLE – Oct. 5, 2010 – A Houston woman has filed suit against government contracting firm KBR, alleging it created a “sexually violent workplace” that allowed a co-worker to sexually assault her at an Iraqi airbase two years ago.
The woman, now 28, was attacked by co-worker David C. Breda Jr. of Pearland while he was helping her move into new quarters at Camp Al Asad on Oct. 8, 2008. Breda, 35, a former U.S. Army recruiter who had previously been sanctioned for molesting an 18-year-old female recruit, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison in January after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman in Iraq.
The lawsuit in a Harris County state district court is the latest in a number of claims brought against Houston-based KBR by employees who say they were attacked by co-workers or others at jobs in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the first was brought by Jamie Leigh Jones, formerly of Conroe, who contends she was gang-raped at a KBR facility in Baghdad in July 2005.
“If you’re raising jackals and put a rabbit in the jackal cage, you can’t turn your back and say it’s the rabbit’s fault the jackals attacked,” said Todd Kelly, who represents the Houston woman, Jones and four others with claims against KBR. “That’s what they’re doing. They put young women right in front of these men who have gotten away with this for so long and they turn their back. They do nothing to protect these women.”
Heather Browne, a KBR spokeswoman, denied the assertions in the lawsuit and said KBR’s top priority is the safety and security of its employees. KBR maintains a strong and effective sexual harassment and assault prevention and reporting program, she said.
KBR denies allegations
“KBR adamantly denies the allegations in (the lawsuit) that sexual misconduct is encouraged, tolerated, or ignored,” Brown said in a statement released by the company. “KBR responded immediately to (the) report of inappropriate sexual contact and reported it to military authorities. KBR also fully cooperated with the criminal investigation … ”
Last year, an arbitrator in Houston awarded $2.93 million to Tracy Barker, the wife of an Army sergeant who said she was sexually assaulted at a KBR-operated camp in Iraq in 2005 by a U.S. State Department employee. Her attorney was critical when KBR, after fighting to keep their employee’s claims out of a courtroom, sought to reduce the arbitrator’s award.
Kelly is also representing former KBR employee Anna Mayo, 27, from the Austin area, who says she was beaten, choked unconscious and raped at KBR barracks at a U.S. base in Balad, Iraq, last November. (Click HERE for original article)
Click HERE for petition.
How many does this make now? Too many? KBR hides, protects and even promotes these predators. I hope there are a whole lot of zeros attached to these sexual assault awards.