A nearly $3 million arbitration award was won by a former KBR employee who said she was raped in Iraq.
Tracy K. Barker, wife of a U.S. Army sergeant and the mother of five, was awarded $2.93 million in private arbitration proceedings in Houston.
“Arbitration, generally speaking, favors employers, and, because it does, they sneak it into contracts” said Houston attorney Todd Kelly, who represents ex-KBR employee Jaime Leigh Jones. “It’s only employers who move to compel arbitration, and they do that because they know their odds of winning are greater in front of an arbitrator.”
Jones, of Conroe, contends she was gang-raped by KBR employees days after her arrival in Baghdad in July 2005. A federal appeals court in September ordered her claims of negligence and sexual assault against KBR be heard by an arbitrator, while assault, battery, false imprisonment and other issues will be decided in district court.
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