Saturday, December 22, 2007

Halliburton Mandatory Arbitration in Employment Disputes

Halliburton, the giant defense contractor, holds employees to a policy of resolving all employment disputes in arbitration rather than in court. A couple of effects: no public access to the records, a higher win rate for the employer, and lower awards in the cases the employees do win. This policy began when Vice President Dick Cheney was the company's CEO. Stephanie Mencimer, Cheney Justice?, Mother Jones, Dec. 21, 2007.

One case prominently featured in the article is that of Jamie Leigh Jones, a 20-year old employer of KBR (at the time a subsidiary of Haliburton) who alleges she was gang-raped by her co-workers in Iraq.

Thanks: Consumer Law & Policy Blog.

Stephanie Mencimer is the author of (KF8700 .M46 2006 at Classified Stacks) (earlier post).

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