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Iowa athletic director not a 'public official,' state argues

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IOWA CITY (AP) -

A state lawyer says Iowa athletic director Gary Barta isn't a public official.

Assistant attorney general George Carroll made that claim in a filing last week. He's asking a judge to dismiss former senior associate athletic director Jane Meyer's request for an injunction blocking her layoff.

Meyer has been informed that her university job is being eliminated in September. She argues she's being punished for complaining to Barta about gender discrimination.

Barta reassigned Meyer outside of athletics in 2014, noting her partner, former field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, was planning to sue Barta over her firing.

Meyer is seeking to stop her layoff under Iowa's Whistleblower Act, which protects employees who disclose wrongdoing to public officials.

Carroll says Barta isn't a public official since he reports to the university president.

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