Religious discrimination suit filed against Greenwich housing authority

The Advocate, Sep. 14, 2002
By Lindsay Faber
Staff Writer

A former Greenwich Housing Authority employee filed a document in federal court this week, claiming she was fired two years ago because she was not a member of the Church of Scientology.

After she was fired from her position as administrator of Parsonage Cottage in 2000, Ursula Milde, 62, filed suit against the housing authority, its board of commissioners and its director, Ben Little, claiming age and gender discrimination. Several claims were dismissed or withdrawn before Milde and her lawyer amended the complaint five times and attempted to amend it again.

Now, Milde’s lawyer has filed the latest memo asking the court to reconsider allowing Milde to file her sixth complaint to include religious discrimination amid allegations that Little is attempting to infiltrate the housing authority with principles from Scientology.

Housing officials deny the claims.

“Once you peel back the pages of his so-called ‘management practices’ you discover a remarkable plan of infiltration and control over the Housing Authority and its employees,” Milde’s lawyer, Mark Carey, wrote in the memo.

According to the memo, in 1998 and last year, Little required all employees to attend Scientology training sessions entitled, “Improving Business Through Communication, Based on the Works of L. Ron Hubbard.”


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