First Public Claim of Sexual Harassment against Cain

Sharon Bialek is the first woman to come forward publicly with allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain. On November 7, 2011, she came forward to say that Mr. Cain made unwanted and rough physical advances on her 14 years ago when she sought his assistance in getting employment.

Ms. Bialek is now the forth woman known to have made accusations of sexual harassment against Mr. Cain. Cain’s representatives have denied the accusations made by Ms. Bialek. During a press conference, Ms. Bialek detailed her encounter with Mr. Cain.

She described that Mr. Cain “ran his hand up her skirt, reached for her genitals and pulled her head towards his crotch.” When Ms. Bialek objected and referenced to the fact that she had a boyfriend and stated” What are you doing?…this isn’t what I came here for.” Mr. Cain’s response was “You want a job, right?”

Cain’s camp released the following statement: “the allegations were coming from a woman with a long history of severe financial difficulties, including personal bankruptcy, [and that] there is no record, nor even a complaint filed on the alleged incident.”

While many claims of sexual harassment go unrecorded and don’t make it into a court case, it seems odd that Cain’s camp would make such a public statement attacking the character of Ms. Bialek and not referencing the particular incident. Cain’s representative’s even go as far as to attack Ms. Bialek’s choice of lawyer, as she is being represented by Gloria Allred who is known for representing various women in huge scandal cases.