Jealousy from the dentist's wife must've had a role in this assistant's firing
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive. In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state's civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage.There's a very sad case of sexism here, and both the dentist and his wife are at fault here. Mr. Knight was the one making sexually suggestive remarks to her via text messaging. And when the wife found out, she blamed the assistant, not her husband.
The assistant, Melissa Nelson, who had worked for James Knight for more than 10 years and had never flirted with him, according to the testimony of both parties, sued, saying she would not have been fired if she were a man.
The seven justices, all men, said the basic question presented by the case was 'whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.' The high court ruled that bosses can fire workers they find too attractive and that such actions do not amount to unlawful discrimination.
Furthermore, Mrs. Nelson didn't wear suggestive attire, only scrubs. And as mentioned, she's married and a mother of 2, so how she's any hazard I have no idea. All I can see here is the case involving some idiot dentist's wife who was probably jealous that she's prettier than she'll ever be (though I've seen pictures of Mrs. Nelson and can't say she's the hottest woman I've ever seen, so I still don't see what Mrs. Knight's problem is). I hope Mrs. Nelson can appeal the ruling and get the compensation she deserves. Being attractive is not a crime.
Update: The Jawa Report is right. This is a travesty of justice.
Update 2: Hot Air has a video of the news here.