PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Carl Greene, the fired former executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, is demanding millions of dollars to make his federal lawsuit against the agency go away.
The Richard Sprague law firm is representing PHA board members in the ongoing conflict, and Sprague’s colleague, lawyer Joe Podraza, called it “absurd” that Greene would demand any money.
“Frankly, it was interpreted as an insulting gesture and absolutely ridiculous,” Podraza said of the reaction of some PHA board members.
Sources confirm that Greene (in file photo above) is demanding $4 million.
But Podraza says it should be the other way around: Greene should be paying the PHA. Podraza says there will be no settlement, and PHA will prevail.
He adds that the Sprague firm is even considering a countersuit against the former director:
“We are continuing our investigation and believe that they will reveal sufficient evidence to proceed against Mr. Greene in collecting additional monies from him.”
Greene was fired in September for his alleged sexual harassment of female subordinates (see previous story).
Greene’s attorney, Clifford Haines, has blasted PHA board chairman John Street, the former mayor, over Street’s characterization of Greene’s conduct.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060.