Suit expanded, alleges handymen sought sex for repairs
Oct. 20, 2015
BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore woman was left without heat in her apartment for two years because a maintenance man refused to perform needed repairs unless she had sex with him, according to a newly amended lawsuit against the city's housing authority.
Attorneys for 11 women, including four new plaintiffs, say they were denied basic and necessary repairs in public housing units because they refused to have sex with handymen, according to an amendment filed Tuesday in the suit.
The amendment alleges one victim was forced to sleep next to the oven because a handyman wouldn't fix her heat without sexual favors in return.
Tania Baker, a Baltimore Housing Authority spokeswoman, said in an email Tuesday that the agency is aware of the allegations and continues to conduct an internal investigation.