KBR issued a statement late yesterday saying, "As part of her employment contract with KBR, Ms. Barker agreed to arbitrate all claims in the event a conflict arose. The court's decision enforcing her agreement is consistent with rulings from other courts in the upholding arbitration agreements between employers and employees. Arbitration is the last step of KBR's Dispute Resolution Program. The vast majority of employment disputes at KBR, approximately 96%, are resolved through this program without resort to arbitration. KBR remains committed to ensuring the arbitration process is fair to all employees."
Halliburton and KBR had also sought to have Barker pay for their costs of defending their right to arbitrate. That request was denied.