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Greene wants $4 million from housing authority

Friday, November 12th, 2010

The former head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority is seeking a big golden parachute to cushion his fall. Carl Greene is seeking about $4 million dollars in a lawsuit against the agency and its board. But a housing authority representative said Friday a check will not be cut without a court order.

Greene’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Greene contends he was unfairly terminated as executive director of the Philadelphia Housing Authority and his attorney believes that is worth a big payout.

Joe Podraza, an attorney representing the housing authority board, said the multimillion-dollar demand is ridiculous and insulting.

“Mr. Greene is not entitled to any compensation,” said Podraza. “We believe very strongly in the defense of the lawsuit and believe that PHA will succeed and eventually following our investigation into other activities we believe we will be taking action against Mr Greene to collect monies.”

Podraza said Greene was fired because he covered up sexual harassment settlements from the authority’s board and that was one of the reasons he could be terminated.

When PHA sacked Greene, he had two years left on his contract and was earning more than $300,000 a year.

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