Former city employee challenges firing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- The former human rights director in Tulsa says she'll appeal her recent firing, claiming the city terminated her job because of her race.

A spokeswoman for the city denies the allegations made by Lana Turner-Addison, who was fired by the city last week.

A copy of Turner-Addison's disciplinary action report states she was being terminated because she threatened coworkers, was insubordinate to her supervisor, stole or misused city property and was negligent, inefficient or incompetent in her job duties.

Turner-Addison, who is black, says the accusations are unsubstantiated and unsupported. She summed up the case against her as "institutional racism and discrimination."

City spokeswoman Michelle Allen says the allegations against Turner-Addison were "thoroughly investigated" by human resources staff over several weeks.

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