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As many of you are aware, KBR has a page on their website called KBR Fact Sheets. Until a couple of months ago, the Fact Sheet page listed several of KBR’s high profile cases with links to pages attempting to discredit the victims and tell KBR’s side of the story.
Then all of a sudden no cases and no links to KBR’s pathetic attempts to justify their position in these heinous crimes. I received several emails asking if I had copies of the pages and low and behold……I did, thanks to Google cache!
In light of the upcoming Jamie Leigh Jones trial which starts on June 13, 2011, it appears KBR has revised and republished their attack against Jamie.
As a public service to all of KBR victims, their attorney’s, reporters, investigators, etc I am republishing KBR’s Fact Sheets as they originally appeared on KBR’s website.
Here’s the link to the original KBR Fact Sheet listing available links.
Below are the links to .pdf’s of the original KBR Fact Sheet pages.
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)
Another Sex Assault Alleged at KBR Overseas
By CAMERON LANGFORD
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
HOUSTON (CN) – Another woman has sued Kellogg, Brown and Root, claiming she was sexually assaulted while working in Afghanistan, and was fired after she reported it. And she claims that KBR had the brass to accuse her of “creating a hostile work environment” by reporting a sexual assault on another woman in the workplace.
In her federal complaint, the plaintiff, S.T., says she started working for KBR as a logistics warehouseman in November 2008 at the Jalalabad Base in Afghanistan, then was transferred to Kandahar Base.
After she reported that her supervisor was “discriminating against foreign employees and minorities and was forcing employees participate in illegal activities” her boss tried to increase her workload, she says.
She was transferred to Bagram Airfield, and worked in the laundry department, she says. A co-worker there reported that she had been sexually assaulted by an Afghan local working for KBR, and S.T. provided a written statement confirming the assault, according to the complaint.
“Despite plaintiff’s complaints, no action was taken,” she says. “Instead, KBR and its employees falsely alleged that plaintiff was creating a hostile work environment.”
Then, S.T. says, KBR employee Juan Elias, a defendant, came up behind her while she was alone in the break room, pushed her face down into a table with one arm and reached up and grabbed her vagina with his other hand.
She says she filed a complaint with the EEOC and informed KBR of the assault and the complaint, and she was fired less than a month later.
She demands damages from KBR, from Service Employees International, and Elias, alleging retaliation, negligence, assault and battery, sexual assault, negligent hiring, direct corporate liability and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Click HERE for Case 4:10-cv-02043 Swanita Taylor v KBR
WELL DONE KBR!!! (sarcasm) Every day that you (KBR) continue to allow these unqualified managers to manage in an incompetent illegal way helps every single victim that has filed suit or is getting ready to file suit against you! On behalf of every KBR rape and assault victim….THANK YOU for being so damn stupid and arrogant! I do have just one question. Did you report this assault to the Army?