Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Iowa Supreme Courts Upholds Termination on "Irresistible Attraction" Grounds

In a decision catching attention nationwide, the Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the termination of a dental assistant, Melissa Nelson (pictured), who was terminated by her employer, Dr. James Knight, DDS, because "she [was] an irresistible sexual attraction for him, even when the female employee engaged in no improper conduct."  In fact, Nelson worked for Knight after ten years of employment  and Knight even admitted that Nelson was the best dental assistant he ever had.  However, the Iowa Supreme Court did not find this to be gender discrimination even though it seems abundantly clear Nelson was terminated for being female--a highly attractive female at that.  

Very interesting case, to say the least. 

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