SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA-Just as Herman Cain sought to rescue his presidential campaign from allegations of sexual harassment with a nationally televised news conference to publicly deny the accusations laid out by Sharon Bialek, another woman has stepped forward to level more charges.
The woman, who had previously made accusations anonymously, made herself known publicly. The woman is no longer faceless, Karen Kraushaar is a U.S. Treasury spokesman for that agency’s Inspector General. Kraushaar said she had previously attempted to avoid the media spotlight because of fears of retaliation by Cain supporters according to her lawyer, Joel Bennet.
Bennet also stated that Cain’s behavior was “qualified as sexual harrasment,” he also added that the National Restaurant Association paid her $45,000 when she left the association.
In response to the allegations, Cain said, “They were found to be baseless and she could not find anyone to corroborate her story.”
The media, immediately after she came forward, began looking into her past. It did not take long to uncover a complaint that she made 3 years later when she was employed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service. There she filed a complaint of unfair treatment after requesting to work at home after a car accident. In her complaint, she also accused a manager of circulating a sexually charged email.
According to Bennet, who represented her in the INS case, as well as the case against Cain involving the NRA, the complaint did not include any sexual allegations.
Former supervisors familiar with the INS complaint spoke anonymously on the matter. It was pointed out that she had initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, reinstatement of leave, promotion on the federal pay-scale, and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. It was also pointed out by two of the supervisors that she had asked to work at home prior to the accident, and was denied then as well.
Kraushaar said that the complaint was relatively minor and that she did not pursue it. She also said she has no recollection of any of the demands that the former supervisor was quoted as says she wanted. Her lawyer, Bennet said that that information is confidential and would not speak on it. Kraushaar left INS soon after dropping the complaint.
The complaint at the immigration service was “nobody’s business,” Kraushaar said, because it was irrelevant to her sexual harassment settlement with Cain years earlier. “What you’re looking for here is evidence of an employee who is out to get people,” she said. “That’s completely untrue.”
Herman Cain continues to assert that the monies paid by the National Restaurant Association were connected to an employment agreement and not a legal settlement.
According to Rasmussen polling, 51% of those polled show that they believe the charges leveled at Cain are serious and likely to be true.