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onehandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 07:44 AM
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KBR Named "Top Employer" for Women?!
According to a company press release, war megacontractor KBR was voted one of the 50 top companies for women by readers of Woman Engineer magazine, one of several diversity-recruitment mags published by Long Island, New York-based Equal Opportunity Publications. "The readers of Woman Engineer magazine selected the top companies in the country for which they would most prefer to work or believe are progressive in hiring woman engineers," KBR said in its statement. The company came in at No. 46.

We're not sure what criteria the readers of Woman Engineer were usingwe see last year they also picked Fluor, another Iraq and Afghanistan contractor whose sexual assault awareness and reporting training didn't meet US military standards (PDF), at No. 41. But it's fair to say voters had to ignore most of KBR's business practices. The firm that's made billions of dollars in noncompetitive, no-bid contracts since the start of the Iraq War is also well-known for ignoring harassment, assault, and rape charges against its employees; allegations that its workers engaged in human trafficking and the running of prostitution rings; its intimidation against whistleblowers; and its discouragement of litigation by employees. The case of one ex-KBR employee, rape victim Jamie Leigh Jones, was so heinous it led Congress to pass the so-called Franken Amendment, which bars contractors from resorting to arbitration against ex-employees who suffered a sexual assault.

KBR has done at least one thing in the name of women, though: They bought time on a Houston morning show, between painted jugglers and tips for using old teabags, for a company VP to go on camera and explain how awesome KBR is for women. You can see the video below.

Contractor watchdog Ms. Sparky outlines just what the company's done for womenor, rather, to themoverseas, including a list of nine women who still have litigation pending over cases of assault or intimidation. She also points out that since Woman Engineer hasn't published its 2011 top 50 list online yet, KBR's claim couldn't be immediately confirmed. "Assuming KBR is not trying to mislead their employees and investors and did in fact somehow magically make it onto this list," she says, "I must then ask 'Who in the Hell is #47, #48, #49 & #50?'"

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/04/kbr-named-top-emplo...
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 08:26 AM
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1. Who the hell knows.
We read that some car magazine has announced that the Awesome 2000 is their Car of the Year, only to find out that the magazine is published by Awesome Motors. Could be the same here.

Or, it could be that Woman Engineer has some totally quantitative metric like average salaries for women, disparity between male and females, and percent women at KBR. I doubt they measure in the relative morality of the company in question.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 08:42 AM
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2. "You said 'rape' twice"
"I like rape"

Hedley Lamarr and Heartless Villain in "Blazing Saddles"
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 08:46 AM
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4. Uh. Ok.
Sorry. I'm not decoding your message very efficiently.
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Turbineguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 09:06 AM
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5. Sorry
I often have these "Blazing Saddles" moments. Please consider it just background noise.
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Keith Bee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-10-11 08:44 AM
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3. 52nd, isn't it?
I wouldn't exactly call that, "top."
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