The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation denies any wrongdoing in a case of wrongful termination and defamation of former employees.
The nonprofit organization was sued in late August by three former employees who claimed they were fired for questioning the behavior of certain board members.
In its response filed Sept. 25 in Maricopa County Superior Court, the foundation acknowledged certain factual events, but denied most of the allegations or claimed it didn’t have enough information.
Former executives Beverly Hart and Sarah Stuckey and human resources manager Linda Bodak were fired within two days of one another in early August after complaining that board chairman Jerry Morosco had a conflict of interest in hiring a friend for public relations work, the lawsuit claims.
Bodak also sued board member Arnold Roy and his wife, Linda Hahn, for defamation.
The former executives’ positions have not been filled since Stuckey and Hart left, and the foundation has since outsourced its human resources functions to Diversified Human Resources, said foundation CEO Phil Allsopp.
The organization is taking everything in stride and hoping to move forward, Allsopp said.
“A small step at a time, we are gradually pulling ourselves up from whatever the past was,” he said. “That was then, and we’re now looking forward to a huge amount of work to do in collaboration with the local community.”
Allsopp pointed to the foundation’s success in bringing in faculty this fall from the United Kingdom, increasing enrollment at the foundation’s architecture school and designing a sustainable neighborhood for victims of Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi.
“We know where we’re going and how we’re going to do it,” he said.