Posted by: Ann Corcoran | November 9, 2011

Cain accuser a Marylander…

…..and is she a serial complainer? 

I know you are probably saturated with the Herman Cain story, but I thought this latest from the Associated Press (via FoxNews) was worth a mention because the accuser who received a settlement from the National Restaurant Association has been identified and is a Marylander, reportedly living in Germantown.  Her name is Karen Kraushaar.

But, here is the new and more interesting revelation from the Associated Press.   Only three years after receiving a $35,000 buy-out from the Restaurant Association, she filed a complaint (using the same lawyer!) with her new employer—the Immigration and Naturalization Service in the Justice Department.

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.

Here is what AP says she wanted:

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.

Here is the workplace joke she (reportedly) found offensive:

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.”

Read the whole AP story.

Meanwhile, Newsmax tells us the “accomplished equestrian” has had a few jobs over the years!  Ya think!

Kraushaar, who has worked in government for years, was thrust in the limelight as chief spokeswoman for what was then the Immigration and Naturalization Service during the high-profile Elian Gonzalez case in 2000. She now is communications director at the Inspector General’s Office at the Treasury Department.

She has also worked in public affairs at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

By the way, she says her major request in her INS complaint was to work from home.   I know a bit about horses and equestrians and it takes a lot of time and money for equine-related hobbies—just saying!

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