November 8, 2011 12:55 pm
Until now, Karen Kraushaar has been known to many in Washington as “Woman A,”
one of two employees who settled claims of sexual harassment against Herman Cain
more than a decade ago when he headed the National Restaurant Association.
On Tuesday, after another woman went public with her harassment accusation
against Cain, Kraushaar’s identity was revealed by an iPad news site, The Daily.
Kraushaar has confirmed to NPR that she is one of the first two women, but
declined to say more about the incident, beyond an anonymous statement her
lawyer issued last week.
Kraushaar, 55, a career federal employee and registered Republican, currently
works as a communications director at the U.S. Treasury Department.
The release of her name also came after the restaurant association, acting on
a request by Kraushaar’s lawyer, Joel Bennett, freed her last week from a
confidentiality agreement signed when she settled her harassment case against
Cain and left the association with a cash payment in June 1999. Bennett on
Friday read a statement on behalf of Kraushaar, who alleged the incidents
involving Cain were “a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances
from the CEO.”
Bennett on Tuesday offered no further comment, but said he and Kraushaar
“stand by the statement issued last Friday.”
Cain, 65, left the association in 1999 and became a co-chairman of Republican
Steve Forbes’ short-lived presidential campaign. He is scheduled to hold a 5
p.m. ET press conference Tuesday to address harassment accusations against
Kraushaar, who has an undergraduate degree from Brown University and a
master’s degree from the University of Michigan, served as the association’s
media director during part of Cain’s tenure there. She has resisted having her
name or her story become part of an increasingly grubby narrative that threatens
to badly damage, if not end, the candidate’s quest for the Republican
The complaint details would have remained sealed as part of the confidential
settlement with the association that she signed 12 years ago. But Cain, former
head of Godfather’s Pizza, is now a front-runner for his party’s nomination, and
that changes things.
As Cain has ascended, so has scrutiny of his past, including his
post-Godfather’s stewardship of the Washington-based restaurant group from 1996
to 1999. Despite Cain’s improbable rise to the top of the GOP field, Kraushaar
and the second woman had shown no interest in revealing their experience at the
A third woman, who also declined to reveal her identity, last week told the
Associated Press that Cain allegedly harassed her while she worked at the
association, but she did not file a complaint.
A fourth woman came forward Monday. Sharon Bialek, a former employee with the
association’s Chicago-based education arm, claimed that 14 years ago Cain groped
her when she met with him in Washington to seek help finding a job.
An Oct. 30 story in Politico that revealed the existence
of the complaints by Kraushaar and another woman, and their settlements, started
the firestorm around Cain. He has given evolving accounts about his knowledge of
the complaints and settlements, but has steadfastly characterized the woman’s
allegations as false.
Cain has described the situations in question as benign. He has suggested
that the women who complained about his behavior didn’t understand his brand of
humor, and, at one point, his campaign accused presidential opponent Rick
Perry’s campaign of being behind the leak of the more than decade-old
People who had direct knowledge of the case against Cain at the time have
told NPR that the harassment was persistent, usually but not exclusively verbal,
and involving sexually graphic comments and approaches when the women were alone
with him in work situations.
Those same sources also say that the two women independently pursued their
complaints, unaware of the other’s claim. The second woman, a recent college
graduate when she worked at the association, signed a similar agreement that
paid her a year’s salary of $35,000, according to the New York Times. She now works at a New Jersey
At least one of the women reported her allegations to a supervisor, who
passed it on to the organization’s human resources department, but the alleged
behavior by Cain did not stop, NPR’s sources say.
Kraushaar and her husband of 26 years, Kevin Kraushaar, live in suburban
Maryland. A lawyer, Kevin Kraushaar works as a lobbyist, and is also registered
Before her long career in professional government jobs, Kraushaar, an
accomplished equestrian, was a news reporter and editor. She also has written a
true story children’s book with her mother-in-law, who lives in Michigan.
In her job at the Treasury Department, Kraushaar currently serves as a
communications director for the department’s inspector general for tax
administration. Her brief employment with the restaurant association was her
first, and only, experience working with a private lobbying organization.
When she left the restaurant association, Kraushaar initially returned to her
former job as a senior communications analyst at the Taxpayer Advocate Service
before accepting the job at the Treasury Department.
She has also worked as a public affairs specialist at the Department of
Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
21955 291318119 57
her path of destiny = 57 = Consoling. Solace.
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