Maurice Gates v. City of Lebanon, et al

Filing 920110210

Opinion

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United States Court of Appeals FOR THE EIGHTH CIRCUIT ___________ No. 10-2536 ___________ Maurice John Gates, * * Appellant, * * Appeal from the United States v. * District Court for the * Western District of Missouri. City of Lebanon, Missouri; Stanley H. * Allen; Robert Brown; Bill Wheeler; * [UNPUBLISHED] David Troutman; Joseph Knapp; Sam * Mustard, * * Appellees. * ___________ Submitted: February 2, 2011 Filed: February 10, 2011 ___________ Before MELLOY, GRUENDER, and BENTON, Circuit Judges. ___________ PER CURIAM. Maurice Gates appeals the district court's1 adverse grant of summary judgment in his employment discrimination action. After careful de novo review, see Murphy v. Mo. Dep't of Corr., 372 F.3d 979, 982 (8th Cir. 2004), this court concludes that summary judgment was proper. Defendants presented a valid, nondiscriminatory The Honorable Ortie D. Smith, United States District Judge for the Western District of Missouri. 1 reason for Gates's termination he had exhausted his Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, and had not provided documentation required by City policy to be allowed to return to work and the record reveals no triable issue of fact on whether that reason was a pretext for unlawful discrimination. See Putnam v. Unity Health Sys., 348 F.3d 732, 736 (8th Cir. 2003). Gates also presented no trialworthy issue on his claim that defendants interfered with his FMLA rights, because each of his FMLA requests was granted. See Stallings v. Hussmann Corp., 447 F.3d 1041, 1050-51 (8th Cir. 2006) (FMLA interference claim requires proof of entitlement to benefit denied). This court affirms. See 8th Cir. R. 47B. The pending motions are also denied. ______________________________ -2-

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