Lovefraud has been following the story of Carl R. Greene, executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA). At least six women have accused him of sexual harassment. Well, the PHA board of directors has fired him.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Former Mayor John F. Street, the PHA chairman, described Greene as a “flawed genius” moments before the board voted, 4-1, to terminate his $306,000-a-year contract. An internal investigation had concluded that Greene was a “true serial sexual harasser” and had engaged in a cover-up with at least four key aides.
“He is like a great athlete with a drug problem. He is the Tiger Woods of public housing,” Street said of Greene, whom he had staunchly supported before news of three secret sexual-harassment settlements worth $648,000 broke in August. A fourth settlement, for $250,000, had also been agreed upon without the board’s knowledge, but not signed.
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One woman, whose complaint was dismissed as “unsubstantiated,” told her story in a related article. Here’s a particularly telling part of the story:
(Rachel Roberts) filed an internal sexual-harassment complaint May 28. She met with general counsel Fred Pasour and human-resources manager and lawyer Sibyl Bryant – two officials cited by the PHA board as part of a cover-up of Greene’s misconduct.
The next day, Roberts went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to file a similar federal complaint. She told an intake officer that she worked at PHA and wanted to file a sexual-harassment complaint.
“Against Carl Greene?” the woman said without prompting.
“You know him?”
“Everyone knows him.”
Roberts was so unnerved by the exchange, she said, that she left and never followed through with a federal or state complaint. “You’re led to believe that he’s untouchable,” Roberts said, “that he owns this town.”
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