Target: Executive Director of the Housing Authority of Baltimore, Maryland Paul Graziano
Goal: Stop hiring workers with sexual offense records for building maintenance jobs and keep stricter watch on employee interactions with residents.
A group of women are currently filing a lawsuit against the Housing Authority of Baltimore over allegations that maintenance men of the building had insisted on sexual favors in exchange for vital unit repairs and restoration. The lawsuit itself reads that, “These victims are too poor to move out and relocate their families. Consequently, they are left with the impossible choice of either succumbing to unwanted sexual demands in order to save themselves and their children from life-threatening conditions in their homes, or, living in squalor,” according to CNN.
By not complying with these men’s sexual harassment, these families could have faced mold, lack of heat, rodent or insect infestation, or even electrocution. At least one of the women was already fleeing to the Gilmor Homes public housing from an abusive relationship, and all of them struggle with additional challenges in their lives. Whether or not the prosecuted workers are found guilty of these crimes, tell Baltimore’s Housing Authority to forbid people with sexual offense records from working in housing maintenance and to more strictly monitor their employees.
Dear Director Graziano,
It is very unfortunate to hear about any sexual harassment cases, especially ones that occur in our communities. Tragically, a group of women have recently filed a lawsuit against you along with two of your employees because they claim that maintenance workers in Gilmor Homes have insisted on receiving sexual favors in exchange for their free and necessary services for home repair and maintenance.
Without the ability to repair vital parts of their homes and living situations, these families all faced the risk of mold, rodent infestation, insect infestation, electrocution, and lack of heat. Many of these things carry the possible consequence of death, and all of them carry the possibility of injury or illness.
These families have an array of difficulties and challenges in their lives without needing to worry about the quality of their living conditions, and at least one woman had already struggled with an abusive relationship in the recent past. Regardless of whether the allegations against your employees are true, please make sure that no one with a sexual harassment record can work for your housing maintenance department, and also keep accounts on and monitor all of your employees.
[Your Name Here]
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