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Oklahoma governor, chief of staff named in wrongful termination lawsuit

Wendy Gregory, a former director of Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's office in Tulsa, filed a wrongful termination lawsuit Thursday in Oklahoma County. She claims Fallin and her chief of staff, Denise Northrup, broke state and federal law when they fired her in December over an IRS garnishment.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Published: February 1, 2013

The former director of Gov. Mary Fallin's office in Tulsa claims the governor and her chief of staff broke state and federal law when they fired her in December.

Wendy Gregory, who directed the Tulsa office since January 2011, filed a lawsuit against Fallin and Denise Northrup in Oklahoma County on Thursday.

In the lawsuit, Gregory claims Northrup asked her to turn in her smartphone and keys two weeks before Christmas after Northrup learned of an IRS garnishment filed against Gregory.

Gregory said Northrup terminated her over the phone, did not give her a chance to explain the situation, and that the garnishment was later cleared.

Tulsa attorney Tony Mareshie, who is representing Gregory, said the garnishment concerned a child custody dispute from a previous marriage.

Alex Weintz, spokesman for Fallin's office, said the office had not been served with the lawsuit. Weintz said he could not comment without reading it first.

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