Thankful Thursday: Jamie Leigh Jones and Al Franken – Feministing
It’s late, but it’s still Thursday. This was beautiful news.
In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones was gang-raped by her co-workers while she was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad. Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would only be heard in private arbitration. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts from companies like KBR “if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Check out his speech from the Senate floor yesterday:
The amendment passed by a 68-30 vote. Jones commented: “It means the world to me. It means that every tear shed to go public and repeat my story over and over again to make a difference for other women was worth it.”