Defending The Indefensible

Halliburton includes a clause in their employee contracts, which states that includes sexual assault among the items that must go to arbitration rather than court.  A female employee alleges that she was gang-raped and then locked in a crate and threatened with reprisals if she told anyone, and she is trying to take her case to court.  Full at Talking Points Memo.

Senator Franken, got his first amendment passed by voice vote:

Credit new Senator Al Franken however, for introducing an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that would punish contractors if they “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.”

It was opposed (ostensibly as a political attack on Halliburton) by 30 Senators:

Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Gregg (R-NH)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Wicker (R-MS)

Nice to see you guys defending capitalism from the tooth and claw attacks of basic decency.

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