EVA GEORGIA v. GAY & LESBIAN CENTER DISMISSED by Myla Reson
October 21, 2002 – Los Angeles
This morning in Department 25 of Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Mary Ann Murphy dismissed civil case BC273043 (Eva Georgia vs. One in Long Beach, Inc.). "One in Long Beach, Inc." is the legal name for the non-profit community Gay and Lesbian Center in Long Beach, California. Although Betsy Stansell, counsel for the defendants was in the court room during the scheduled status conference, counsel for Georgia had failed to appear for the second consecutive time. Plaintiffs’ attorney, Gary R. Carlin had not been present for the previous status conference on September 24, 2002.
Georgia had been employed at the community gay and lesbian center from August 17, 2000 until October 1, 2001. On April 29, 2002 Georgia was joined by two other former employees in a wrongful termination lawsuit filed against the non-profit institution. In addition to wrongful termination the complaint included charges that the center and Georgia's former supervisor, Pat Crosby had defamed Georgia and created a hostile work environment. Georgia's former supervisor is cited in the complaint as having made the statements that Georgia was a "liar", "cheater", "did not do the work", "could not be trusted", and "physically attacked".
On July 11, 2002 Georgia and a co-plaintiff were served with form interrogatories. In August 2002 counsel for Plaintiff Georgia requested a one week extension of time to respond to the interrogatories. Stansell agreed to a two week extension or up to August 29th. On August 30th Georgia’s counsel asked for an additional extension until September 3rd. This time counsel for the non-profit community center agreed to wait until September 4th. The date came and went without a reply from plaintiffs, nor a request for an additional extension. On September 27, 2002 Stansell filed a motion to compel Eva Georgia and her co-plaintiff to respond to the questions which had been served in early July.
Eva Georgia is currently working as the General Manager of Radio Station KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California. This morning the judge dismissed all of Georgia’s claims against the non-profit gay and lesbian community center.