Cain accuser filed workplace complaint with different employer
November 9th, 2011
08:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Cain accuser filed workplace complaint with different employer

Washington (CNN) - Karen Kraushaar, who came forward Tuesday as one of the women who filed a sexual harassment claim against Herman Cain when she worked at the National Restaurant Association, told CNN she lodged a workplace complaint against her next employer– the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

In an interview Tuesday night with CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger, Kraushaar called it a "minor incident" in which she complained she was not allowed to telecommute while recovering from a car accident, something a colleague was doing.

She characterized the incident as small and made it clear she had been in a dehabilitating car accident and needed some flexibility in work arrangements.

"I filed a little complaint," she told CNN. "I am not a troublemaker at all."

CNN first reported details of the complaint Tuesday.

Kraushaar, who has held several jobs as a nonpolitical federal employee, admitted that "I do speak out" against what she sees as workplace unfairness.

She raised the issue with CNN after having been questioned about it by The Associated Press.

Knowing her life story is now under a microscope, she admitted she might not have been a perfect employee but said she was a good and hard worker.

"They're looking under every rock trying to dig up dirt," she said. "There really isn't much."

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  1. Keith in Austin

    Sounds like Karen might have a few issues of her own!

    November 9, 2011 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. big gulps

    Think the wheels are starting to come off on the blame-game train.

    November 9, 2011 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  3. dnick47

    Cain supporters should give it up. One irrate female wanting to get even might raise a character assination question. But Cain has 7 or 8 accusers meaning there is substance to the charges since its highly unlikely these women acted in concert. So Mr. Womanizer Cain, give it up.

    November 9, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Geoffrey in Lowell MA

    If the complaints are legit, then I don't care how many she filed. This is typical sexist behavior by the Republicans, trying to brand her as a trouble maker. Sexual Harassment is real and I think women should report it when it happens.

    November 9, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  5. Nash

    C'mon, this is petty even for cnn. There are laws that protect people in the workplace. If these laws are violated then affected people have to use them to remedy the situation. By publishing such a story, they are implying that employees have to take BS from violators of established law. A much simpler analogy would be to say criminals can break the law with impunity and the victims have no recourse. Thumbs down on this story.

    November 9, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wow! What does her complaint have to do with sexual aggression against her? NOTHING!!
    I listened to Cain last night from sad beginning to horrified end and I walked away more convinced than ever that he's a sexual predator, someone who used his position to sexually assault women.
    Yes, what Cain is accused of doing is beyond harrassment, it is in fact assault.
    Go ahead America. Keep standing by this so-called minister. Let's see how well that plays out.

    November 9, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  7. Jim

    Just a, "little" thing. So little she makes afiled complaint – not a "little" issue if one is going to file a complaint. CNN also leaves out an important piece of the puzzle (surprise surprise!), shemade a sexual complaint as well and said an internet joke going around was "sexually charged" in nature. If we want to talk about "smoke equals fire" this woman seems to be fixated on sex and maybe it is her that is imagining everyone wanting her and being offensive instead of anyone else being inappropriate. She demanded money and a pay promotion and then dropped it later – sounds like digging for gold to an objective observer.

    November 9, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Sounds like a troublemaker, who is always looking for special consideration.

    November 9, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  9. Matt

    Oh, no, she's not a trouble-maker at all. She just drags her every employer to court, or settles out for as much as she can get.

    November 9, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    ""I do speak out" against what she sees as workplace unfairness."

    Good. More people should. The "jobs creators" (TM) have spent several decades bending the middle-class over a log and telling it to squeal like a piggy by paying DC to enact economic policies that leave us powerless and beholden to our employers. More people should be fighting back. NOW. NO QUARTER.

    November 9, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  11. Tim

    Is this supposed to be a vindication of Herman Cain? Otherwise, how is this pertinent to the Cain allegations? C'mon, CNN.

    November 9, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. If you believe this woman...

    then i most definitely have some tropical land to sell you up in canada! Hell, i wish i could work from home too, but if my boss says no, i'm not going to file a complaint about it. Minor thing, of course it is minor when it doesn't work in her favor. This woman sounds like a whiner and a complainer and most certainly doesn't deserve the benefit of the doubt on this one. Where's the proof? He is innocent until you can prove otherwise, so quit smearing his name.

    November 9, 2011 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Thor

    Funny that she suddenly decided to raise this issue when Mr Cain decided to run for office.....how many years later? ...and she needs money? ...and she has done this before? ...and her lawyer is a big money giver to the Democratic party? ..... hmmmmmm. Seems like a book deal is forthcoming too!

    November 9, 2011 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Larry L

    In cases like this they love to go after the acuser – to make her look like a chronic complainer. This will be a challange with five women gathered on a stage in front of national television. Put an apple in Herman's mouth – he's done.

    November 9, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. texasgreenacres

    all these women are very attractive, and it would stand to reason something could have happened at a another place.2 complaints doesn't mean he didn't do it.It just means it can happen more than once.

    November 9, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. once upon a horse

    all these people are lying EXCEPT Herman Cain...what is wrong with all you people?? This is a plot hatched in the deepest bowels of the far left wing hate machine that even though Cain polls about 15points below Obama in a possible head to head matchup, want to get rid of him to make sure Romney is the nominee. Doesn't matter that a couple of these women claim to be registered Republicans. This is a attack from the evil left wing media FOR SURE!!

    November 9, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  17. GI Joe

    I had a similar thing happen - my boss was a foreign-national and he would let other foreign-nationals work from home, but not the Americans. It's not sexist, but equally qualified and equally work-oriented people should be given equal treatment. I had no one I felt comfortable complaining to because my boss's boss was also foreign-national and I needed the job to support my family. It definitely happens.

    November 9, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. achepotle

    I dunno...I think I would rather a normal, healthy guy with a a taste for MILFS as President than some kook who takes orders from The Invisible Magic Man.

    November 9, 2011 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. Minnie's Pearls

    Inconsequential to the Cain allegations.

    November 9, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  20. artie

    2 words should cast doubt on this issue: Gloria Alred.

    November 9, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  21. stevie

    She`s a serial accuser. Not believable.

    November 9, 2011 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  22. ells

    Smear the victim. If you have no defense that is the first defense. Pathetic that it is still used and sad that it actually still works.

    November 9, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  23. fixingstupid

    I wouldn't hire a person like this... she is out to get you – watch out employer.

    November 9, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  24. Boomer in Mo

    Women are just supposed to shut up and take it? Ask any Republican. Seriously, men, if you would not want someone saying or doing something to your wife, mother, sister, daughter, grandmother, don't say or do the same thing to women you work with. And, if you you found yourself locked up in prison with a bunch of big guys, would you want them saying or doing some of the things to you that you say or do to women in the workplace or even in social situations? If it would make you uncomfortable if a guy did it to you, don't do it to women. Period.

    November 9, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  25. jimbo

    this article fails to mention that she demanded "thousands of dollars in payment, a reinstatement of leave, promotion on the federal pay scale, and a one-year fellowship at harvard's kennedy school of government". the promotion alone would have increased her annual salary by $12-16 thousand.

    November 9, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
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