Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin accused of violating Open Records Act

Wendy Gregory, who directed the governor's Tulsa office from January 2011 to December 2012, filed the lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday.
by Matt Dinger Published: October 31, 2013
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A former office director for Gov. Mary Fallin is suing the governor, alleging Oklahoma Open Records Act violations.

Wendy Gregory, who directed the governor's Tulsa office from January 2011 to December 2012, filed the lawsuit in Oklahoma County District Court on Tuesday.

Gregory seeks her personnel and employment records, as well as the office's policies and procedures manual.

In an Oklahoma County wrongful termination lawsuit filed Jan. 31, Gregory claimed Denise Northrup, Fallin's chief of staff, asked her to turn in her smartphone and keys Dec. 10, 2012, after learning of an IRS garnishment filed against her.

The petition filed Tuesday alleges that an email sent days after her firing confirmed the garnishment as basis for termination.

Federal law prohibits an employer from firing an employee whose earnings are subject to a single garnishment. Oklahoma statute says an employer cannot fire an employee for a garnishment or like proceeding “arising from a consumer credit sale, consumer lease, or consumer loan” unless it happens more than once within a year's time.

The petition also states that governor's spokesman Alex Weintz told reporters that Gregory was fired because she “was not performing satisfactorily,” which she disputes.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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