Jamie Jones, the young woman who alleges that she was drugged and raped by her Halliburton/KBR co-workers while she was in Iraq, has filed suit in federal court in Houston. Halliburton wants to force Jones’s claims into arbitration per her employment contract, which is outrageous given the inquities of arbitration against the plaintiff.
Halliburton’s attorneys argued that the contract Jones signed binds her to settle all claims – including claims of sexual assault – against her former employer through arbitration. In the next breath, they argue that her claims were not related to her employment, despite her allegations that Halliburton co-workers raped her in Halliburton barracks.
Defense attorneys also chortle over the fact that Jones has changed her story “several times.” Well then, tough guys, you shouldn’t fear trying her case to a jury, should you? Go win it the old fashioned way through good lawyering and tough cross-examination, not through a private arbitrator who always rules for the employer.