The attorney for Karen Kraushaar, the U.S. Treasury employee who settled a sexual harassment grievance against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, said on Wednesday that his client will hold a joint news conference with women who have made similar claims against Cain.
At the press conference, Kraushaar also plans to make public the multi-page complaint she filed when she worked for Cain at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s, said attorney Joel Bennett.
Sharon Bialek, the Chicago woman who went public with her story on Monday, will participate in the presser with Kraushaar, Bennett said. He is reaching out to other women who’ve complained about sexual harassment by Cain, including one who now lives in New Jersey. The joint event will be held in a matter of days, Bennett said, and Kraushaar will either release or read the detailed complaint she filed against Cain when he headed the trade group from 1996 to 1999. The complaint led to a $45,000 settlement between the trade group and Kraushaar. Bennett has described the abuse by Cain as “a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances.”
Kraushaar is one of two women who filed workplace complaints about inappropriate sexual overtures from Cain when they worked for him at the NRA. The other woman, the New Jersey resident, has not been publicly identified, and neither has a woman who did not file a complaint back then but recently told the Associated Press that she too was sexually harassed by Cain at the NRA.
Kraushaar is a communications director for the Treasury’s inspector general. Until now, she has opted to remain out of the public eye, instead having Bennett rebut Cain’s repeated statements that her claims were “baseless” and that the $45,000 she received when she left her job at the association was a severance package and not part of a sexual harassment settlement. When her name leaked on Tuesday in an obscure online publication, other media outlets published and broadcast it, and Kraushaar reluctantly decided to go public.
Her complaint against Cain had been kept private as part of a confidentiality agreement, but the terms of that agreement no longer apply, according to Bennett and recent statements by the NRA.