The two maintenance workers named in a lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) over sexual harassment at Gilmor Homes were suspended Oct. 9, according to union sources.
Maintenance supervisor Clinton Coleman, and maintenance worker Michael Robertson were both accused of sexually harassing, and, in certain instances, coercing sexual favors from female residents in exchange for conducting necessary repairs, according to a lawsuit filed against HABC by seven women at the end of September.
The two men have now been suspended by the Housing Authority, according to two officials with a union representing HABC maintenance employees.
It is unclear whether the two men have been suspended with or without pay. An email requesting confirmation from HABC was not immediately returned. However, HABC has a policy against commenting publicly about personnel matters.
If past experience is any measure, the two are unlikely to be receiving pay during their suspensions, said one union official.
“Normally the housing authority, they’re going to suspend you without pay, you’re going to have to fight to get ,” said the official.
HABC has been conducting an investigation into the allegations of sexual harassment and coercion at Gilmor Homes since August, according to past email communications between the AFRO and Tania Baker, deputy director of communications for Baltimore Housing, the umbrella agency which houses the HABC.