Employee Raped and Awarded $3 Million to Settle Lawsuit
Tracy Barker claimed she was raped in 2005 while working in Iraq for KBR inc. a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary. Barker claimed a former state department employee worked for KBR in Basra and sexual assaulted her, resulting in her rape. Barker was housed in mostly male barracks and consistently subjected to physical threats of sexual abuse and sexually explicit comments. Barker made a claim of sexual harassment against KBR inc. and the rapist personally.
Barker alleged other employees along with her complained to the companies but they did nothing and instead engaged in retaliation. She was awarded nearly $3 million by an arbitrator to settle her case. A federal judge in Houston had dismissed Barker's lawsuit in January 2008, because when she signed her employment contract she agreed that any dispute would be settled by arbitration. Looks like even with arbitration the company wasn't able to weasel their way out of paying a fair amount and giving Barker the justice she deserves.
"It took me a long time to get here. I'm happy about the award," Barker, 38, who lives in Yuma, Arizona.