Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Occasionally it does work



I know that the health care fight has and will continue to be difficult for Democrats -- after all we're the only ones even trying (sometimes half-assed, but half-hearted still beats no-heart at all).

But there are more than a few moments when having the Democrats in control does more than disappoint:

Jamie Leigh Jones claims she was raped by fellow Halliburton employees when she was working in Iraq in 2005...

Jones employment contract with Halliburton (now known as KBR) contained an arbitration clause that required "any and all personal injury claims' to be heard by an arbitrator. Jones eventually refused to arbitrate, wanting her lawsuit to be heard in court.

The Fifth Circuit eventually held that some of Jones' claims did indeed belong in court because the assault was not related to her employment. KBR had appealed the decision to the Supreme Court, but after initial briefing, KBR withdrew its appeal on March 11.

Why? Sen. Al Franken! Franken successfully advocated a prohibition that keeps contractors receiving federal defense funds from forcing employees to arbitration to resolve certain claims, including civil rights and harassment disputes.


And Franken has done more than just this, he taught Joe Biden how to use profanity effectively.

Thank you Al Franken.

[cross-posted at Firedoglake]