She’s made a career of this?

It looks like one of those Cain accusers thinks that filing such complaints is just another tool in the employment negotiations toolbox, and has a history of using these complaints to force employers to give her perks, breaks, rewards, or all of the above:

WASHINGTON (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.

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 told the AP she considered her employment complaint “relatively minor” and she later dropped it.
“The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said.

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.

That’s a pattern there. This woman seems to think that everyone is out to get her, or if you are inclined to be as cynical as I am, sees these complaints as a useful tool to get things she otherwise would not get. Neither bodes well for her.

Kraushaar’s complaint was based on supervisors denying her request to work full time from home after a serious car accident in 2002, three former supervisors said. Two of them said Kraushaar also was denied previous requests to work from home before the car accident.

Things that make you go hmmm…..

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  1. Section8

    Hal, I hope that was sarcasm.

    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.”

    I mean seriously, this is harassment? Or even worthy of filing any type of complaint, even if in conjunction with her other complaints? If this is her idea of objectionable, it’s pretty silly in my opinion. I wonder if Cain called her honey one time, and that’s her case. Anyhow, we’ll see as more details emerge.

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  2. Section8

    Oh, and one last thing, she can’t even remember the details of her own damn case, which she filed. Makes me not question Cain so much when he can’t remember every detail.

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  3. CM

    I mean seriously, this is harassment? Or even worthy of filing any type of complaint, even if in conjunction with her other complaints? If this is her idea of objectionable, it’s pretty silly in my opinion. I wonder if Cain called her honey one time, and that’s her case. Anyhow, we’ll see as more details emerge.

    If that’s all it was I’d line up alongside those who are dismissing her.

    As for the memory thing, the news article says:

    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.

    The “I don’t remember” response is apparently a sign of decent legal coaching. It leaves the door open, etc. I wonder if that’s what she’s doing (and why Cain answered that way too).

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  4. Section8

    The “I don’t remember” response is apparently a sign of decent legal coaching. It leaves the door open, etc. I wonder if that’s what she’s doing (and why Cain answered that way too).

    Yeah, I don’t know, no one remembers anything, and when lawyers start coaching all kinds of cryptic statements along with the can’t recalls start coming out. One thing I do know is that I’d love to see the day when every every election doesn’t turn into a God damned Jerry Springer episode, but the sun will burn out by then anyhow.

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  5. CM

    True dat.

    Here is some non-not-remembering:

    She also indicated that Cain’s story about her – in which he says that he gesturing that her she is the same height as his wife – has nothing to do with her harassment allegations

    “A comment like that is so innocuous it wasn’t even a part of my complaint,” she said, allowing that it sounds “vaguely familiar.” Without disclosing details, she said that there was “an incident in my office that was part of my complaint” that was the “inappropriate behavior.”

    http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/08/first-accuser-calls-cain-a-serial-denier/

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  6. Kimpost

    One thing I do know is that I’d love to see the day when every every election doesn’t turn into a God damned Jerry Springer episode

    Yeah like that will ever happen… :(

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  7. Mississippi Yankee

    David Axelrod has a long history of dredging up alleged and factious sexual crimes and misdemeanors.

    CM – unlike Wikipedia Ann Coulter has never,ever, ever had to retract a statement about a political figure. imjussayain.

    David Axelrod’s pattern of sexual behavior

    Obama had to smear a dem even before he had to smear Jack Ryan, for the same seat!

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  8. AlexInCT *

    The “I don’t remember” response is apparently a sign of decent legal coaching.

    heh, this goes back to the days of Bill Clinton when they interviewed Hilary. I don’t recall was her answer to everything. I thought it was genius, especially since she got away with it.

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  9. AlexInCT *

    No Hal, it is the kind of dirty and low down bullshit lie fest that the left has thrived and counted on to destroy people they feared, not a conspiracy.

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  10. AlexInCT *

    That’s because the people that actually show up to run all have the type of personality that all but guarantees that it has to go wrong Kimpost. That’s what’s sad. The good people run away from politics.

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  11. balthazar

    Last resort of fuckwits that have no argument, attack grammar and spelling, thanks for not disappointing fuckos.

    I was typing from a small non autocorrecting virtual keyboard, I really didnt care about trying to correct grammar.

    And putting a smilie doesnt make you any less of a fuckwit Kim. :P

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  12. AlexInCT *

    Not when they thought a quick hit job could get rid of him. They are now seeing it all fall apart because Cain didn’t quit like other republicans have in the past, even when the charges where obviously false, over inflated, or the facts proved the accusers had a history of bullshit like we are getting now. Why waste the time if the guy doesn’t worry them?

    And face it; after they elected the Community Organizer in Chief & the clowns in his party, and we saw how “brilliant” they where at anything during the last 3 years, what are the leftards going to use to discredit Cain? That he is not qualified enough, doesn’t know/understand foreign policy well, or that he is an Uncle Tom? They certainly aren’t going to question his economic credentials after their policies wrecked the economy even worse and stuck us in a permanent recession while tacking on $5 trillion in new debt with nothing but richer democrat friends, donors, and big corps to show for it. Fuck after the last three years any leftard that calls someone else unqualified, inexperienced, or lacking in any capability other than Alinsky tactics and used car salesmenesque sleaze, should be taken to the woodshed and beaten with a wet rope. The republicans could put up a head of broccoli and that vegetable would already be more qualified than Obama is, even now, with 3 years of on the job training, in anything but talking pretty out of his ass and agitating for class warfare to distract the people from the train wreck going on.

    No, what they will continue to do is invent shit and try to pull off more of these spurious attacks, spout nonsense about how Cain is popular because racists/homophobic/sexist/violent Tea Partiers like that he is not Obama, and in general rely on the LSM to tar & feather him, so they can get some faux conservative like Romney that will leave the conservative voters cold.

    The left are truly afraid of losing their power and not being able to rob the productive blind though.

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  13. Kimpost

    And putting a smilie doesnt make you any less of a fuckwit Kim. :P

    I kind of thought it did. I just happened to see just that on Facebook the other day.

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