Tulsa Human Rights Director Sues City Over Discrimination

Tuesday, October 4th 2011, 1:53 pm
By: News On 6

Russell Hulstine, NewsOn6.com

TULSA, Oklahoma -- The Director of the City of Tulsa's Human Rights Department is suing the city arguing in part that city manager Jim Twombly discriminated against her.

The lawsuit was filed Friday, September 30, 2011 in Tulsa Federal Court.

In the suit Dr. Lana Turner-Addison states that in 2010 she initiated a formal grievance against Jim Twombly, her immediate supervisor.

She claims Twombly initiated a disciplinary action against her, calling her "an embarrassment to the city of Tulsa."

Dr. Turner-Addison further states Tulsa Fire Chief Allen LaCroix, as the acting hearing officer for the disciplinary process, ruled her grievance was "a form of insubordination."

She says her punishment was five days' of loss pay.

Dr. Turner-Addison claims in the lawsuit that after submitting another grievance in 2010 against Twombly, he created "a hostile work environment as a result of his racial and sexual discrimination towards her."

No hearing date on the lawsuit has been set.

The city has not responded to News On 6's request for a comment on the lawsuit.

Read the amended complaint filed in federal court.