Mediation of Employment Terminations at Halliburton and KBR

Our law firm, Coane and Associates, just finished a mediation with Halliburton on behalf of one of our clients. They fired our client for supposedly refusing to shave his goatee. The company has a “no facial-hair” policy, due to the occasional need to wear a chemical protection mask.

Halliburton and KBR both have a system that requires their fired employees to complain about “wrongful discharge” through a mediation and arbitration process. Even claims of discrimination must go through that process and the courts have enforced it.

Our law firm has represented numerous Halliburton and KBR employees in the mediation and arbitration process, no matter where they are located in the U.S. or around the world. Both companies are based in Houston, and our Houston office is located not very far from their headquarters.

One unique aspect of their program is that they pay the first $2500 of our client’s attorney’s fees, thereby making it very easy for clients to retain our services.

With regard to our client with the goatee, his case was not resolved in mediation and therefore will be headed to arbitration. Arbitration is like a trial, except instead of a judge, there is an arbitrator who listens to the witnesses and considers all of the evidence. And, like a judge, an arbitrator can order reinstatement with back pay, as well as other damages allowed by law or equity.

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About the author: Bruce Coane is an attorney who specializes in labor and employment law and immigration law, with offices in Florida and Texas. He may be reached at houstonlaw@aol.com, 713-850-0066 or 305-538-6800.

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