How ironic that Karen Kraushaar, whose identity became known only yesterday, called Herman Cain a serial denier.
It turns out that Kraushaar is a serial complainer, demanding money at a second employer for supposed inappropriate language, via AP:
A woman who settled a sexual harassment complaint against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain in 1999 complained three years later at her next job about unfair treatment, saying she should be allowed to work from home after a serious car accident and accusing a manager of circulating a sexually charged email, The Associated Press has learned.
To settle the complaint at the immigration service, Kraushaar initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she used after the accident earlier in 2002, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, according to a former supervisor familiar with the complaint. The promotion itself would have increased her annual salary between $12,000 and $16,000, according to salary tables in 2002 from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
Kraushaar told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.
What was the “sexually charged email”? According to AP:
The joke circulated online lists reasons men and women were like computers, including that men were like computers because “in order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.” Women were like computers because “even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.”
We still don’t know what Herman Cain allegedly said to Kraushaar that gave rise to her demand for money from the National Restaurant Association. But we do know why Kraushaar didn’t want her name public.
I’ve seen this movie before when I was in private law practice. There are certain people whose radar is up, like cats waiting for the mouse. And when they see an opportunity to cash in, they take it, and usually more than once. This quote from the AP story rings so true:
Kraushaar’s complaint at the immigration service prompted managers to use caution when writing and speaking to Kraushaar while the complaint was being investigated, another former supervisor told the AP. Two supervisors said Kraushaar asked a colleague to act as a witness when she had conversations with one manager after she filed her complaint.
It may be that Kraushaar had two valid complaints, or none. Now that she has gone public and wants a joint press conference, Kraushaar should consent to the NRA releasing its full file on her complaint.