You can waive your right to a jury trial. That's precisely what an arbitration agreement does - and they are in car sale agreements, employment agreements (my company has one that I did not sign). They are meant to tamp down class action suits and prevent massive punitive damages. Just the nice package for a company working overseas in a country where women's civil rights are already trampled. *thumbsup*
That said, this article is clearly either a spoof or written for a far, far right audience. It's easy pickings.
It still blows my mind that John McCain was one of the thirty who voted against the bill. Ugh.
The facts of the case (that the woman in question was imprisoned, gang raped and savagely beaten) are not in dispute.
The fact that the company in the case argued to have the case given to their arbitration committee rather than a criminal trial isn't in dispute.
Al Franken did provably propose an resolution that would have closed this 'loophole'. The wording is that after 2010 all defense contractors will agree that criminal cases will be the jurisdiction of the US Courts and that they will not go to arbitration.
30 Senators (all males) did provably oppose this resolution.
Now, in all fairness, all the female Republicans DID agree with the resolution.
However, we have a MAJOR American company (Haliburton) arguing that gang rape, kidnapping and assault are part of the job expectation (that's actually literal) and 30 male Senators AGREED.
To me, that's absurd.