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Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit answered the question “can an employer terminate an employee currently on medical leave if the motivation for the firing is distasteful but still unrelated to the medical leave? The case is Mullendore v. City of Belding, No. 16-2198, 2017 U.S. App. Lexis 16310 (6th Cir. Aug. 23, 2017).

Margaret Mullendore was the city manager of Belding, Michigan. Belding’s city council has been described as being “fraught with political drama.” Mullendore found herself at the center of the drama after she fired a city police officer who was later reinstated. When the officer was reinstated, it sparked criticism of Mullendore’s decision to fire him.

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