One of the problems with not handling an issue quickly and professionally – especially in the charged world of sex and politics… Is it comes back to haunt you.
Once might be a misunderstanding or a stupid mistake. Twice to the point of having to make payoffs for legal settlements… He’s done it a whole bunch more times and gotten away with it.
Suing for sexual or racial harassment or discrimination can be a career limiting experience – not to mention the sometimes years before the lawyers can come to a settlement. So it’s not something that is done lightly by most people. So generally for every person who feels they are forced into filing a formal complaint – there are 6 or more who are afraid to who have had the same, or worse experiences.
One of the character flaws which have become increasingly obvious with Cain is his inability to take advice from his staff. He is way too full of himself to listen to the political professionals. That’s not real smart behavior from a supposed CEO. Your staff can raise you up, they can take you down. The difference between a smart CEO and a stupid one is often in how he works with his staff. A large part of which is to let them do their jobs, and listening to them.
Herman’s treatment of this issue has opened the floodgates…
Stick a fork in him. He’s toast!
A third former employee says she considered filing a workplace complaint over what she considered aggressive and unwanted behavior by Herman Cain when she worked for the presidential candidate in the 1990s. She says the behavior included a private invitation to his corporate apartment.
She worked for the National Restaurant Association when he was its head. She told The Associated Press that Cain made sexually suggestive remarks or gestures about the same time that two co-workers had settled separate harassment complaints against him.
The employee described situations in which she said Cain told her he had confided to colleagues how attractive she was and invited her to his corporate apartment outside work. She spoke on condition of anonymity, saying she feared retaliation.
Cain’s campaign declined to comment.