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Cain Told the Truth…According to National Restaurant Association’s Statement

Posted by FactReal on November 4, 2011

HE SAID, SHE SAID
The National Restaurant Association (NRA) statement indicates that Cain was telling the truth:
1- There was a complaint filed in 1999
2- Cain disputed the allegations
3- The NRA and the accuser entered into an agreement without any admission of liability
4- Cain was not a party to that agreement
(Note they use the word agreement and not settlement…just as Cain said.)

On top of that, the NRA was willing to waive the confidentiality obligations, but the accuser “prefers not to be further involved with this matter.”

Statement from National Restaurant Association
Via National Restaurant Association‘s website:

Statement from National Restaurant Association President and CEO Dawn Sweeney

November 04, 2011
Contact:Sue Hensley (202) 331-5964, Katie Laning Niebaum (202) 973-3967

(Washington, D.C.)  The National Restaurant Association released the following statement today from President and CEO Dawn Sweeney:

“We have seen the statement Joel Bennett released earlier today on behalf of his client, a former employee of the Association. The Association consented to the release of that statement, at the request of Mr. Bennett’s client.

“Based upon the information currently available, we can confirm that more than a decade ago, in July 1999, Mr. Bennett’s client filed a formal internal complaint, in accordance with the Association’s existing policies prohibiting discrimination and harassment. Mr. Herman Cain disputed the allegations in the complaint. The Association and Mr. Bennett’s client subsequently entered into an agreement to resolve the matter, without any admission of liability. Mr. Cain was not a party to that agreement. The agreement contains mutual confidentiality obligations. Notwithstanding the Association’s ongoing policy of maintaining the privacy of all personnel matters, we have advised Mr. Bennett that we are willing to waive the confidentiality of this matter and permit Mr. Bennett’s client to comment. As indicated in Mr. Bennett’s statement, his client prefers not to be further involved with this matter and we will respect her decision.

“The Association has robust policies designed to ensure that employees with concerns may bring them forward for prompt investigation and resolution, without risk of retaliation. The Association is fully committed to equal employment opportunity and to an environment that is free from any discrimination or harassment.”

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Statement from Joel P. Bennett, lawyer for Herman Cain’s accuser
Via USA Today
In 1999 I was retained by a female employee of the National Restaurant Association concerning several instances of sexual harassment by the then-CEO.

She made a complaint in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances by the CEO.

Those complaints were resolved in an agreement with her acceptance of a monetary settlement. She and her husband see no value in revisiting this matter now nor in discussing the matter any further publically or privately, in fact, would be extremely painful to do so.

She is grateful to return to her government career where she extremely happy serving the American people to the very best of her ability. She looks forward to continuing to work hard for them as we face the significant challenges that lie ahead.

She wishes to thank the media for the restraint they have shown her, and thank her family for their love and support, her colleagues and supervisors for their patience and forbearance, and her advisors for their wise counsel, and most of all her dear husband of 26 years for standing by her and putting up with all this.

Everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace. Sexual harassment is unfortunately very much alive and with us even today and women must fight it in all kinds of workplaces and at all levels.

My client stands by the complaint she made.

UPDATE: Here is the press conference of the accuser’s lawyer:
After reading the statement from the anonymous female accuser, her lawyer didn’t give any specifics of the allegations. When reporters pressed for details, he said he couldn’t remember any details. He also indicated that Cain did not sign the agreement and had probably left the company when the NRA entered into the monetary agreement with Cain’s accuser. There were no depositions.

Just because this accuser alleges sexual harassment does not proof that sexual harassment occurred.

So, after 5 days of media feeding frenzy, we don’t have any evidence of Herman Cain doing something inappropriate during his time with the National Restaurant Association. But we have plenty of evidence how the media ran with the allegations. Cain was condemned by the media and others without any evidence…just because they do not agree with his political views.

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