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Philly housing workers sue over course dues

A lawsuit alleges that public housing workers in Philadelphia were forced to pay for a training course but their money was spent on lobbying and social events instead.

The class-action lawsuit filed Friday is the latest problem for the embattled Philadelphia Housing Authority. A spokeswoman didn't immediately return a call for comment.

The lawsuit claims 926 landlords in a subsidized housing program paid $200 each for a mandatory one-day course on being a good landlord. The lawsuit naming the housing authority, former PHA head Carl Greene and others says none of the money was spent on instruction.

Greene was fired in September after the board learned of $900,000 in settlement payments negotiated to settle four sexual-harassment complaints. He is suing PHA for firing him.