Senator Al Franken may be new to the U.S. Senate, but he’s trying to correct some old problems. He has introduced an amendment to the Defense Appropriations Bill, SA 2588, that would bar the Department of Defense from contracting with companies that force their employees who file sexual assault or harassment claims into arbitration.
The issue came to the surface with the case of Jamie Leigh Jones, an employee of defense contractor KBR who says she was gang-raped by fellow employees in Iraq and then locked inside a shipping container when she reported the incident. A court recently ruled that Ms. Jones has the right to bring a lawsuit against KBR, but the incident happened at least three years ago.
Please contact your senators and tell them that you support this amendment to the bill. No victim of sexual assault should have to endure such treatment.