National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights
Halliburton, Rape, and the Failure of Justice
By Cristobal Joshua Alex, on Huffington Post:
Something odd happened in Texas just a few days ago. Tracy Barker, a former Halliburton employee who was sexually assaulted by her co-workers, had her case against Halliburton thrown out by a Bush-appointed federal judge. So why is this odd?
Well, actually, it may seem odd, but it's no longer unusual. The courts--designed to protect the minority from the majority, and often the last resort for people to vindicate their rights--are closing their doors to millions of Americans and sending some of them to secret arbitrations. In about 94% of the arbitrations involving what happened on the job, the employers win, and the employee is forced to pay the arbitrator just to hear their claims, as well the employer's legal expenses. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the arbitrator is chosen by the employer. Sound just?