After Sharon Bialak appeared at a press conference with Gloria Allred, another accuser, Karen Kraushaar, went public talking about her sexual harassment complaint while working for the National Restaurant Association. Reports indicate that Karen Kraushaar filed another harassment report with her next employer. Herman Can rejected all claims of sexual harassment against him and stated emphatically, “”I have never acted inappropriately with anyone, period,” said Cain. “The charges and the accusations I absolutely reject: They simply didn’t happen. They simply did not happen.
Although she says she doesn’t recall the the exact complaint, it seems a former supervisor does. According to the supervisor, at the time she 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. 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. Source: Herman Cain PAC.
The women, according to the LA Times will counter with their own news conference with their lawyers, according to the LA Times.
The women whose complaints Herman Cain attacked in a news conference Tuesday are planning to counter with a news conference of their own, attorneys for the women said Tuesday night.
“My client has decided to hold a joint news conference with as many of the women who complained of sexual harassment by Herman Cain as will participate,” said Joel P. Bennett, the Washington lawyer for Karen Kraushaar. Source: LA Times
While sexual harassment or harassment of any kind is a serious issue, the motive must be questioned whenever Gloria Allred is involved. Without facts, it remains a He said, She said issue. In view of this latest development, Herman Cain should ask the National Restaurant Association to release the details of the investigation of the cases 15 years ago. Since the woman have asked him to come clean, he should call their bluff. For now this is a no win situation for Herman Cain.