Legal Disputes Building After PHA Chief’s Firing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The lawsuits are mounting in the Philadelphia Housing Authority controversy involving PHA’s former executive director, Carl Greene. He was fired in September, over sexual harassment allegations.
When Greene was suspended before he was fired, as the PHA investigated the claims, Greene filed a pre-emptive lawsuit in federal court, claiming the PHA commissioners violated his due process.
Now, his lawyer, Clifford Haines, has filed a lawsuit in state court against former mayor John Street, the PHA board chairman. Haines says during a broadcast interview, Street was asked why he and the PHA did not know about sexual harassment claims against Greene.
Haines says, “Street specifically said there was a huge cover-up designed to keep the board from knowing the truth, and they could not have known, in any event, because Carl, quote, ‘lied about everything.’”
Street has said publicly PHA was left in the dark that sexual harassment complaints against Greene were secretly settled for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In the meantime, HUD auditors are in the midst of doing a forensic audit of PHA’s books.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio