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PHA head is gone, but trail of lawsuits lingers on

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When the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) board of directors fired Executive Director Carl Greene, board members probably thought the move would end the serial litigation that marked his tenure. Wrong. Press reports last year linked Greene to a series of sexual harassment cases that—along with allegations of mismanagement—led to his firing last year.

When Moneke Thomas, who settled a separate sexual harassment and discrimination suit with the PHA over Greene’s activities, she probably considered the matter closed. Apparently, she was wrong, too.

Thomas was back in court recently to file a complaint outlining a pattern of harassment by Greene and other PHA personnel that she says began after her 2008 settlement. In that case, the authority paid her $350,000.

Thomas claims PHA personnel followed her in her neighborhood and to a lawyer’s office where she was performing pro bono work. She also alleges Greene or his representatives vandalized her property and tampered with her mail. And Thomas says poor PHA job references have contributed to her inability to find work since the settlement.

Thomas and the PHA agreed not to publicly discuss details of the 2008 settlement.

The PHA, however, has apparently discussed them internally—when determining whether to fire Greene. In September 2010, the board weighed the evidence, which included paying $648,000 to settle three more sexual harassment lawsuits against Greene. The board voted to terminate him.

Thomas has attempted to serve Greene with papers, but has been unable to locate him. His attorney claims he is at an undisclosed location being treated for stress.

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