Getting rid of executive director Carl R. Greene in September apparently hasn’t relieved the embattled PHA of continuing fallout from his time there. Now it’s been learned that one of the woman who settled a sexual harassment claim for $350,000 with the agency in 2008 over Greene’s unwanted advances, has filed a lawsuit in Common Pleas Court charging PHA employees with intimidation and harassment after she left the agency.
The lawsuit asks for damages of $600,000 for PHA’s failure to adequately discipline Greene.
Moneke Thomas, 38, claims that current and former PHA employees inflicted emotional distress to keep her silent and to frighten other women in the organization so they wouldn’t speak out about the goings on inside. Thomas said that she was followed while driving in her car, had her mail tampered with and flowerpots were turned over in front of her home.
While the lawsuit does not specifically name Greene, in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer, Thomas said that she believe Greene was behind the activities. “He will do everything in his power to keep me from speaking,” she said.
Thomas’ earlier sexual harassment settlement specifically includes a non-disclosure provision, preventing her from discussing the alleged sexual harassment, and the current lawsuit sidesteps that matter.
Greene was fired in September when the PHA board learned the agency had secretly paid $648,000 to three female employees to settle sexual harassment complaints, and that a fourth woman was pursuing the same claim against the agency. Since Greene was fired, three more women have filed lawsuits in state and federal courts against Greene and the agency for sexual harassment.
Greene has denied wrongdoing in all the previous sexual harassment complaints.