Brown & Root cares about its people. It knows that even strong and productive employees can have problems at work . . . and that even routine differences with the Company can get bigger when there are no resources to help solve them.
Brown & Root must also care about how the Company is doing financially. Employee disputes can be time-consuming and very costly, particularly when they end up in lawsuits between the employee and the Company. In recent years, legislatures have encouraged employees to go to court by making it easier for them to recover money damages from their employers--especially in cases involving a legally protected right, such as protection from race, sex or age discrimination or sexual harassment. Many employees who have brought lawsuits, however, have been disappointed with the results. After long delays, years of worry and interrupted careers, much of what they recover, if anything, has gone to their lawyers. Brown & Root hasn't fared much better in the court system. Although it has paid out very little in actual settlements, it has spent over a million dollars per year in legal and court fees for cases involving only a few employees. This money could have been used for other purposes, such as medical and retirement benefits, compensation and investment in the Company's future.