After watching 50-year-old human blow-up doll Sharon Bialek steal the spotlight and position herself for the inevitable tell-all book deal, formerly anonymous Herman Cain accuser #1, Karen Kraushaar, has finally been persuaded by her spotlight-seeking attorney, Joel Bennett (a man who would publicly mud-wrestle Gloria Allred if the prize were a tv appearance) to come forward at her own press conference.
Ms. Kraushaar has an interesting workplace past. Buoyed by the cool $35-45,000 she extracted from the National Restaurant Association (NRA), she was apparently feeling lucky enough to try to grab another quick payout. The Associated Press is reporting that after leaving the NRA, Kraushaar filed another complaint at her very next job at the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) .
After being denied a request to work from home following an accident, Kraushaar, with (surprise!!) the omnipresent Bennett again acting as her attorney, filed a complaint against the INS in late 2002 or early 2003. Former supervisors familiar with the complaint told the AP that she initially demanded thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave she had previously used following the accident, promotion on the federal pay scale and a one year fellowship to Harvard. The promotion alone would have resulted in a $12,00 to $16,000 pay increase.
Having learned the value of including SEX when claiming any offense, Kraushaar’s INS complaint also cited as objectionable an email that a manager had circulated comparing computers to women and men. Her complaint claimed that the email, based on humor widely circulated on the Internet, was “sexually explicit,” although that conclusion would require a Quaker’s definition of the term. The online joke compared men and women to computers. Among other things, it stated men were like computers because “in order to get their attention, you have to turn them on,” and women were like computers because “even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.”
I can certainly see why Ms. Kraushaar she was offended. That joke was clearly as upsetting as being told that she was the same height as Cain’s wife.
At her press conference, Ms. Kraushaar had a convenient loss of memory with respect to her INS complaint, claiming she did not remember asking for a payment (REALLY?!?) , a promotion or a Harvard fellowship. Bennett, her lawyer, declined to discuss the case with the AP, saying he considered it confidential. Kraushaar eventually dropped her complaint and left immigration to work at the Treasury Department.
So, what have we learned here? Kraushaar held a press conference about her workplace complaint about Cain, yet refused to offer any details about what Cain allegedly did to her. Why not simply provide a copy of the Severance Agreement that she signed when she left the NRA? It would surely put to rest any question of whether the payment had anything at all do with Cain. I assert that it did not. Having drafted such agreements in the past, it is clear to this writer that the language of the agreement would have undoubtedly said something along the lines of : “Recipient agrees and acknowledges that this payment represents severance only and is in no way an acknowledgement of any wrongdoing on the part of the NRA or any agents or employees thereof.” Of course, I could be wrong, but, to quote Adrian Monk: “You know . . . , I’m not.”
Since his client is no longer bound by confidentiality, Bennett can simply RELEASE THE SEVERANCE AGREEMENT. But that might jeopardize his client’s ability to reap future big-bucks deals. Better to keep all facts hidden and simply make vague, wholly unsubstantiated accusations against a man who has been proven to have done nothing.
Kraushaar was asked about a pattern of workplace complaints where she attempted to extract quick payouts and other incentives from her employers. Such questions are wholly appropriate since they directly impact her CREDIBILITY. Oddly, she says she doesn’t remember the details of her second complaint, but somehow remembers EVERYTHING about Cain’s behavior, which occurred several years EARLIER. Go figure.
Well, what about Mr. Bennett? Does he remember trying to strong-arm a second payment for his client from yet another employer? Perhaps he does, but he is too concerned about “confidentiality” to speak up. Funny how “confidentiality” has never stopped him from yapping about Cain.
Question: How long will this media witch hunt go on? Answer: For as long as Cain remains a black conservative.
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