Karen Kraushaar: Credibility BustedPosted: November 9, 2011
Now that we know the identity of Woman #2 who had received a $45,000 payout from the National Restaurant Association in connection with allegations she made against Herman Cain, we can begin to assess the credibility of her as a person and therefore the credibility of her claims.
What do we find? She has a history of making claims and demanding large settlements when she doesn’t get what she wants. In the job she took after leaving the NRA she made similar complaints and sought significant concessions from her employer.
So having been introduced to the gravy train at the NRA she apparently decided that she was entitled to continue to extort her employers when they refused to give her what she wanted. It is now clear that Woman #2, who initially wanted to stay anonymous but has now come into the lime light, has a penchant for making easy money using trumped up allegations whenever she sees the opportunity. It is now clear why she was trying to stay anonymous: once her identity became public her history could be investigated and she would be seen for who she truly is.
And as for her threshold for making allegations of a sexual nature, she apparently considers a common internet joke that “men are like computers because to get their attention you have to turn them on” to be “sexually explicit“. Excuse me if I am not impressed.
When she was asked about the details of the complaint against her other employer, she indicated that she did not remember asking for all the things that her supervisors claim she demanded. This is different from Herman Cain claiming he doesn’t remember the details of her complaint against him? Not so much. Her complaint against her new employer was more recent than the allegations against Cain, and she was the one that made the demands.
One after one as we learn more about the character of the women making these 14 year old allegations we find that their credibility is severely lacking. When we examine the substance of the allegations we find the substance to be severely lacking.
Cain continues to be vindicated as the facts continue to emerge.
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.
Karen Kraushaar, 55, filed the complaint while working as a spokeswoman at the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department in late 2002 or early 2003, with the assistance of her lawyer, Joel Bennett, who also handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain in 1999. Three former supervisors familiar with Kraushaar’s complaint, which did not include a claim of sexual harassment, described it for the AP under condition of anonymity because the matter was handled internally by the agency and was not public.
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 said Tuesday she did not remember details about the complaint and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar left her job at the immigration service after dropping the complaint in 2003, and she went to work at the Treasury Department.
Details of the workplace complaint that Kraushaar made at the immigration service are relevant because they could offer insights into how she responded to conflicts at work.
The complaint also cited as objectionable an email that a manager had circulated comparing computers to women and men, a former supervisor said. The complaint claimed that the email, based on humor widely circulated on the Internet, was sexually explicit, according to the supervisor, who did not have a copy of the email. 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.”