Former Belding city manager sues city

Meg Mullendore. (Courtesy the City of Belding)

BELDING, Mich. (WOOD) — A former Belding city manager filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the City of Belding, and five members of the city council.

In the suit, Meg Mullendore claims the city violated her rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act because they took action against her employment while she was on medical leave.

She says she requested leave on Jan. 6, 2015 due to a surgery on her ankle and calf.

According to Mullendore, the surgery was scheduled for Jan. 15 and she would need to be away from work until Jan. 27. She allegedly notified city leaders she would not be able to attend the Jan. 20 board meeting.

The lawsuit claims five commissioners met on Jan. 20 and decided to try to terminate Mullendore’s contract at the meeting that night.

Such a meeting would be a violation of the Michigan’s Open Meetings Act, and Mullendore says it violated her rights.

She also says she had the right to have her employment discussed in a closed session, but was never given the opportunity to request the closed session.

Mullendore is asking a judge to award her an amount of money equal to her salary, benefits and other compensation lost by her termination. She is also asking for interest on those wages and other damages.

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