Constituent who is a Rape Victim challenges Vitter’s vote against Franken Amendment designed to protect Rape Victims


YouTube – Vitter Town Hall, Baton Rouge, 10/31/09.
Think Progress has the synopsis:

In 2005, Jamie Leigh Jones’ Halliburton/KBR co-workers gang-raped her while she was working in Baghdad. The company then detained her in a shipping container for at least 24 hours without food, water, or a bed, and “warned her that if she left Iraq for medical treatment, she’d be out of a job.” (Jones was not an isolated case.) Jones was prevented from bringing charges in court against KBR because her employment contract stipulated that sexual assault allegations would be heard in private arbitration only.

Last month, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) proposed an amendment to the 2010 Defense Appropriations bill that would withhold defense contracts if companies “restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.” Although the amendment passed, 30 Republican senators voted against it.

via Think Progress » Rape Victim Confronts Vitter Over His Vote Against Franken’s Amendment Holding Contractors Accountable.

Vitter was one of the thirty US Senators who thought Defense Contractors should not be responsible for their employees who are raped on the job.

Courtesy of: Crooks and Liars.