The Housing Authority of Baltimore City on Thursday fired a maintenance worker who, as a union representative, had conducted an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by HABC workers at the Gilmor Homes and elsewhere in the city.
Lucky Crosby, a 14-year veteran at HABC and safety officer for the maintenance worker's union, AFSCME Local 647, says he was notified in a letter taped to his house door that he had been terminated. The letter stated his firing was the result of an investigation into an argument on Oct. 5th between Crosby and a fellow HABC worker, for which Crosby had been suspended without pay as of Oct. 7.
While acknowledging that a heated verbal confrontation with a coworker did take place, Crosby and Local 647 president Anthony Coates both say the termination was retaliation for Crosby's active pursuit of an investigation into the sex-for-repairs scandal at Gilmor Homes.
"You know what this is about, this is about what's been going on over at Gilmor Homes," Crosby said on Friday.
In July, Crosby documented more than a dozen stories of abuse at Gilmor Homes and what he described as "deplorable" safety conditions.
Crosby says he shared his findings with HABC chief of staff Kimberly Washington, Special Deputy for Operations Nick Calace, Associate Deputy Director of Public Housing Operations Sean Buchanan, and Chief Human Resources Officer Carla Walton at a labor-management meeting in early August.
No action was taken by HABC leadership, Crosby says, and he was told by Walton that she could not "act on hearsay."
In September, Crosy's account became part of an affidavit in the recent lawsuit by 11 alleged victims. The plaintiffs accuse three HABC employees, maintenance workers Michael Robertson and Doug Hussy and supervisor Charles Coleman, of threatening and extorting sex in exchange for performing maintenance on their homes.
On Friday, Crosby says that he has retained legal council and will be bringing suit against HABC.
Community activist Christopher Ervin, who says he consulted with Crosby as he carried out his investigation, wrote on social media that the firing was "disgusting."
"Right here we have a Baltimore City employee who did the RIGHT thing and was fired. This man brought light as a whistleblower and has now been terminated," Ervin wrote on Facebook.
Toni Addison Parker, who lives in a public housing unit where Crosby worked, wrote simply that Crosby "was one of the good ones."
"He actually fixed our places and I never heard him come off in a disrespectful way like so many these men that work here," Parker wrote in an email.