A new chapter unfolds in the growing sexual harassment controversy surrounding Herman Cain
with Politico now reporting Cain himself led the charge against such behavior when he headed the National Restaurant Association, after first having issues with a new law changing the landscape regarding workplace behavior.
In the aftermath of the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Clarence Thomas in which sexual harassment charges against him by Anita Hill came to light, Politico reports Cain, then CEO of Godfather's Pizza, saw problems with alterations made to federal law in the wake of those hearings.
"This bill opens the door for opportunists who will use the legislation to make some money. I'm certainly for civil rights but I don't know if this bill is fair because of what we'll have to spend to defend ourselves in unwarranted cases," Cain commented to the Nation's Restaurant News when he headed the pizza giant.
Employment Law Group sexual harassment attorney David Scher told Politico that Hill's charges resulted in a "heightened awareness" of sexual harassment.
Scher adds the restaurant industry "faced the worst of it."
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the number of sexual harassment claims in the industry rose from 961 in fiscal 1992 to 1,581 in fiscal 1996. The caseload remained above 1,200 a year until 2000.
After Cain took the reins at the NRA, the report points out the association came out with a video to outline sexual harassment laws to its members and the association's Educational Foundation started offering a training program for its member restaurants.
As it has also come to light, It is during his time as head of the association that Cain himself was hit with sexual harassment allegations which the report emphasizes led to at least two settlements with employees, including one for about $45,000 and another for over $30,000.
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