Lawsuit: Handymen traded sex for repairs in public housing

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2015 3:58 PM

BALTIMORE (AP) — A handyman and supervisor for the Baltimore City Housing Authority routinely and systematically withheld necessary repairs from women who refused to have sex with them, creating a hostile environment and culture of fear in public housing complexes in the city, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

The lawsuit, filed on behalf of seven women living in public housing units in Baltimore, alleges the housing authority failed to address repeated complaints about a supervisor and a handyman who allegedly preyed on women living in squalid conditions in the housing units, offering repairs in exchange for sex.

The suit alleges the men would withhold repairs from those who refused their advances, forcing them to instead live with rodent and insect infestations, dangerous mold, exposed wires and peeling paint.