Woman Who Alleges She Was Gang-Raped By Halliburton Employees Finally Gets Day In Court

September 17, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – A woman who was forced into silence after alleging that she was gang-raped by fellow coworkers at Halliburton in Iraq, and the imprisoned by the company in a shipping container when she filed a report, is finally to be heard in a real court.

Jamie Leigh Jones has been fighting her case in arbitration for three years, in a process that has come under fire as an unfair “trial” meant to stack the odds in favor of companies.

Her contract, penned during Dick Cheney’s time as Vice-President, makes it impossible to sue or prosecute any case against the company, no matter what that is. Instead, you have to bring it before an arbitrator that has been hired by the company. Halliburton has won 80% of said cases.

But this one was worst than most, and the details, limited as they have been to the public, have been horrifying.

After it become obvious to Jones and her attorney that they had no chance in arbitration (who does?), they took to to a federal court.

It was a controversial decision, as cases said to have relations to sensitive material during wartime are often not supported by federal judges. But even Vietname vet and conservative Judge Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale, ruled in her favor.

Jones will finally be able to tell her story in front of a real court, and will be suing Halliburton for failing to protect her in her alleged rape, and then trying to shut her up.

It is yet another example of the horrifying practice hidden behind corporate law, where if you have enough cash to fund your company, you can get away with anything.

Whether the facts of this case turn out to be true or not, it clearly shows the corruption within arbitration, as an increasing number of cases surface.

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