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Nearly $3 million awarded in KBR rape claim
Company challenges arbitrator's decision
By JAMES PINKERTON
Nov. 19, 2009, 7:35PM
A nearly $3 million arbitration award won by a former KBR employee who said she was raped in
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
“As far as the award as it stands, we can live with it,“ said Michael Conway, an
A spokeswoman for KBR confirmed the company has challenged the award.
“KBR disagrees with the interim ruling and has filed a motion for modification of the arbitration award," said a statement from Heather Browne, KBR Inc.'s director of communications. “However, the decision validates what KBR has maintained all along; that the arbitration process is truly neutral and works in the best interest of the parties involved.”
Browne added: “It is important to note that at no time has there been a finding of rape as Ms. Barker claims.”
Both women have been forced into private arbitration proceedings due to language in their KBR employment contracts instead of having juries decide their cases, lawyers in the case said.
Other issues go to court
“Arbitration, generally speaking, favors employers, and, because it does, they sneak it into contracts” said
Jones, of Conroe, contends she was gang-raped by KBR employees days after her arrival in
Kelly, who represented Barker at one point, said he was pleased by the size of her arbitration award but said a court jury would have ordered a “much greater award.”
Barker worked for KBR in
Barker also contends she was raped later by a KBR employee.
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