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Lawsuit

KBR lawsuits (re alleged rapes in Iraq)

Status: CLOSED

Incident date
Jan. 1, 2007
Female
Workers
Location of Filing: United States of America
Location of Incident: Iraq
Type of Litigation: Transnational
Company: Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR)
Company Sector: Engineering, Security companies
Company Location: United States of America

Sources

In 2007 James Leigh Jones sued her former employer, Kellogg Brown & Root and several KBR employees in US court. She alleged she was drugged and raped by several co-workers and dissuaded from reporting the abuse. The case went to trial and the jury found in favour of KBR on all counts.

In May 2007 Jamie Leigh Jones sued her former employer, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), and several KBR employees in US federal court.  Jones alleges she was drugged, raped and seriously injured by several co-workers while working for KBR at Camp Hope, Baghdad, Iraq.  She further alleges that after reporting the rape, she was confined to a shipping container and told she would no longer have a job if she sought medical treatment outside Iraq.  Jones’ lawsuit alleges KBR was vicariously responsible for the sexual assault and was negligent in the hiring and supervision of its personnel.  At the time of the incident, KBR was a subsidiary of Halliburton.  KBR is now a separate company.

Jones’ employment contract with KBR contained a clause requiring her to agree to take any personnel disputes to private arbitration rather than to court.  In November 2007, KBR moved to compel Jones to arbitrate her claims rather than to proceed in court, arguing that Jones could not bring the lawsuit because of the arbitration clause.  Jones countered that this clause could not apply to sexual assault because the assault was not “work related”.  The judge allowed the claims related to the assault to proceed in court.  KBR appealed this ruling, but the court of appeals affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

Jones’ case went to trial on 14 June 2011.  On 8 July 2011 the jury announced its verdict -- it found in favour of KBR on all counts.

After Jones reported her alleged sexual assault, a number of other women came forward alleging that they too were raped while working for KBR in Iraq.  Several other women have filed lawsuits against KBR alleging sexual assaults and injuries similar to Jones’ case.


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