Quietly Settling Sexual Harassment Claims Against Housing Chief - (Philadelphia, PA) $900,000

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) paid out $900,000 in confidential, out-of-court settlements to four female plaintiffs who filed sexual harassment suits against its director. The office oversees public housing for the city of Philadelphia, but nearly all of its $345 million annual budget is paid by using federal funds. The director, Carl Greene, has since been fired.  A lawyer for one claimant, PHA architect Elizabeth Helm, said Greene told her a promotion was "contingent on a quid pro quo based on her succumbing to his unwanted sexual advances." The lawyer said Green told Helm, "I know you don't want to kiss me," before grabbing her and kissing her.

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The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) paid out $900,000 in confidential, out-of-court settlements to four female plaintiffs who filed sexual harassment suits against its director. The office oversees public housing for the city of Philadelphia, but nearly all of its $345 million annual budget is paid by using federal funds. The director, Carl Greene, has since been fired. A lawyer for one claimant, PHA architect Elizabeth Helm, said Greene told her a promotion was "contingent on a quid pro quo based on her succumbing to his unwanted sexual advances." The lawyer said Green told Helm, "I know you don't want to kiss me," before grabbing her and kissing her.

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