The Iowa Supreme Court in the United States has ruled 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.
The dental assistant, Melissa Nelson, who worked for dentist 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.
At trial, Mr Knight testified he had complained to Ms Nelson on several occasions that her clothing was too tight, revealing and “distracting”. However, sometime in 2009, he also began exchanging txt messages with Ms Nelson. Most of the txts were work-related and harmless, according to testimony. But others were more suggestive :: Read the full article »»»»