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Heller v. Regional Environmental Improvement Commission of Iowa County

United States District Court, N.D. Iowa, Cedar Rapids Division

September 10, 2018

RICHARD HELLER, Plaintiff,
v.
REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION OF IOWA COUNTY et al., Defendants.

          ORDER

          LINDA R. READE, JUDGE

         TABLE OF CONTENTS

         I. INTRODUCTION. . ............................................................................ 1

         II. RELEVANT PROCEDURAL HISTORY ................................................... 2

         III. SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION ..................................................... 2

         IV. SUMMARY JUDGMENT STANDARD .................................................... 3

         V. RELEVANT FACTUAL BACKGROUND .................................................. 4

         A. Parties ..................................................................................... 4

         B. Overview of the Dispute ............................................................... 4

         VI. ANALYSIS ........................................................................................ 7

         A. FMLA Claim ............................................................................. 7

         1. Parties' arguments ............................................................ 7

         2. Applicable law .................................................................. 9

         3. Application ...................................................................... 9

         B. Heller's State Law Claims ........................................................... 12

         VII. CONCLUSION ................................................................................. 12

         I. INTRODUCTION

         The matter before the court is Defendants Regional Environmental Improvement Commission (“REIC”), Iowa County, Iowa (“the County”) and John Gahring's (collectively, “Defendants”) “Motion for Summary Judgment” (“Motion”) (docket no. 34).

         II. RELEVANT PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On July 14, 2017, Heller filed a “Petition at Law and Jury Demand” (“Petition”) (docket no. 6) in the Iowa District Court for Iowa County. In the Petition, Heller alleges the following claims against Defendants: (1) wrongful discharge and retaliation; (2) violation of the Iowa Wage Payment Collection Act; (3) defamation; (4) tortious interference with contract; (5) infliction of severe emotional distress; (6) interference with rights under the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”); and (7) breach of contract. See Petition at 3-11. On August 10, ...


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