CITY OF BELDING, MICHIGAN; DENNIS COOPER, THOMAS JONES, and MIKE SCHEID, in their official capacities as members of the City Council of Belding and in their personal capacities; RONALD GUNDERSON and JEROME LALLO, in their official capacities as
members of the City Council of Belding, Defendants-Appellees.
   No. 16-2198
Appeal from the United States District Court
for the Western District of Michigan at Grand Rapids.
No. 1:15-cv-00297—Robert J. Jonker, District Judge.
Argued: April 27, 2017
Decided and Filed: August 23, 2017
Before: MERRITT, BATCHELDER, and CLAY, Circuit Judges.


ALICE M. BATCHELDER, Circuit Judge. Margaret Mullendore served as the City Manager for the City of Belding, Michigan. In January 2015, she notified the members of Belding’s City Council—all five of whom are defendants—that she would be taking time off due to a surgery and indicated that she would be able to work remotely while recovering. While she was away from the office, the city council voted to terminate her employment, citing her role in causing political strife in the community. She sued under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The district court granted summary judgment to the defendants, holding that Mullendore had not given sufficient notice that she would be taking FMLA leave, and that, in any event, the defendants provided a non-discriminatory reason for the termination. For the following reasons, we AFFIRM the district court’s order granting summary judgment to the defendants.