Making a Difference Award2010 Recipient
Jamie Leigh Jones
Jamie Leigh Jones’ legal nightmare was the inspiration behind passage of an amendment sponsored by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) which withholds government contracts from companies that force arbitration on sexual assault and discrimination victims.
Ms. Jones was employed by KBR/Halliburton in Iraq when she was drugged, raped, beaten and then confined to a shipping container by fellow employees. She was then denied the right to seek justice through the courts due to a clause placed in her KBR employment contract that forced her to submit to a binding, secret, non-appealable arbitration. Unaware that the clause was even part of her 18-page employment contract, Ms. Jones is still fighting to get access to the justice system.
Despite the harrowing ordeal she went though, Ms. Jones has been willing to go public to fight to restore her and other victims’ right to their day in court, instead of accepting a binding arbitration clause in her employment contract. TTLA was honored to present Jamie Leigh Jones with the 2010 TTLA Making A Difference Award during the President's Luncheon on December 3, 2010.