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Project on Government Oversight

Contract for Aegis Guards in Kabul - April 2012

The “standard work week” for a member of the private protective force at the U.S. embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, “comprises of a 12 hour shift, 6 days per week”—in other words, “generally seventy-two (72) hours,” according to an example of an Aegis Defense Services LLC employment contract from 2012.  The document was filed in court as an exhibit to a lawsuit in which embassy guards alleged that they regularly worked more—on many occasions, 14- to 18-hour days for six or seven days per week—without additional pay.