First Karen Kraushaar got a payoff from the National Restaurant Trade Association, then immediately sought yet another pay off from her very next job at the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service – difference being that this time the INS was actually interested in investigating a claim rather than quietly paying off some one before they knew the truth of the allegations. During the investigation, Kraushaar slunk away and went to work for the Treasury Department.
When she filed her second claim in consecutive jobs, Ms. Kraushaar demanded a settlement of thousands of dollars, a promotion on the federal pay scale, reinstated leave time and a one-year fellowship to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Ironically and notwithstanding her demands for pay and promotion at the time she made her claims. Ms. Kraushaar now characterizes her INS claim as “relatively minor.”
When Kraushaar filed her immigration service complaint against supervisors in late 2002 or early 2003, she turned to Joel Bennett, the same Washington lawyer who handled her earlier sexual harassment complaint against Cain. Given her attacks on Mr. Cain, conveniently timed more than a decade after they allegedly occurred, Ms. Kraushaar’s memory is a bit spotty – Kraushaar says she does not remember details about the complaint against the INS and did not remember asking for a payment, a promotion or a fellowship. That is pretty sad considering she filed pretty serious charges against two men that could have impacted or ended their careers – to me this shows that Kraushaar cares very little about the impact of her own actions on others, while blithely casting allegations about in order to further her own career. Her lawyer declined to discuss the case saying he considered it confidential.
Kraushaar went on to say “The concern was that there may have been discrimination on the job and that I was being treated unfairly,” Kraushaar said. MAY HAVE BEEN? Not sure what it looks like? Not sure that you were subject to it? Sounds more like someone trying to use a cloud of allegation as a tool for professional advancement.