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Is It Legal To Fire Employee for Being Sexy?

TheElderScroll
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12/24/2012 7:47:42 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
It is an old news...According to Iowa Supreme Court, it is legal to fire employee for being irresistibly sexy...(how to properly define "irresistibly" anyway?)

What do you guys think?

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Women in Iowa beware: If your boss thinks you"re really really ridiculously good looking, he can fire you. And it"s perfectly legal. The all-male Iowa Supreme Court refused to reinstate a lawsuit Friday, noting that a dentist didn"t break the law when he fired an employee who had worked for him for 10 years because he and his wife saw her as a threat to their marriage, reports the Associated Press. Melissa Nelson, the 32-year-old dental assistant was by all accounts a stellar employee. But her boss, James Knight, complained of her tight clothing, "once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing."

Nelson, 32, worked for Knight for 10 years, and he considered her a stellar worker. But in the final months of her employment, he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing, according to the opinion.

He also once allegedly remarked about her infrequent sex life by saying, "that's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it."

Knight and Nelson -- both married with children -- started exchanging text messages, mostly about personal matters, such as their families. Knight's wife, who also worked in the dental office, found out about the messages and demanded Nelson be fired. The Knights consulted with their pastor, who agreed that terminating Nelson was appropriate.

Knight fired Nelson and gave her one month's severance. He later told Nelson's husband that he worried he was getting too personally attached and feared he would eventually try to start an affair with her.

Nelson was stunned because she viewed the 53-year-old Knight as a father figure and had never been interested in starting a relationship, Fiedler said.

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OberHerr
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12/24/2012 8:22:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
I think its a stupid reason, unless it REALLY was affecting him during the job, which I doubt.

However, he is the boss. He can fire whoever he wants, for whatever reason.
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