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Woman fired for being 'irresistible'; Iowa court sides with boss

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Melissa Nelson spent 10 happy years working as a dental assistant until she was fired because her boss said she was too tempting and a threat to his marriage.

On Friday, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court unanimously agreed that dentist James Knight was justified when he fired an employee he saw as an "irresistible attraction."

"I'm devastated. There is not an appeal, the state is as far as we can go," said Nelson.

The decision is sparking much controversy, with some employment attorneys calling it a dangerous throwback.

"I wouldn't have been surprised if it was a decision that was written in 1970, maybe by the characters of 'Mad Men,'" said employment attorney Glen Savits.

The 32-year-old married mother of two says she saw her employer as a father-figure and was shocked when Knight admitted that even though she was great at her job, he couldn't be trusted around her.

"After working so many years side by side, I didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind," said Nelson.

According to court documents, Knight referenced Nelson's infrequent sex life, saying, "That's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it."

And when the doctor's wife discovered him sending text messages to his assistant, it was his wife who demanded she be fired. Nelson sued for gender discrimination.

Knight's lawyer told ABC News in a statement, "She (Nelson) was not terminated because of her gender, but to preserve the best interests of his (Knight's) marriage."

Nelson said that's sending the wrong message.

"I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the workforce," she said.

Nelson's lawyer says she has received a huge outpouring of support, with some people even offering to pay legal costs. But after three years of appealing, there can be no new appeals, because Nelson alleged a violation of state law, not federal law.
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I read about this. At first I wondered why the dentist fired her after 10 years then I read his wife saw some texts. Still, 10 years is a long time to carry a torch for someone. Honestly, if I were the wife I might want her gone too, knowing my husband was attracted to her.
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I wonder what kind of texts he was sending her.
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He cant keep it in his pants and this.woman gets punished for her appearance

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He cant keep it in his pants and this.woman gets punished for her appearance
Originally Posted by prentonne
My thoughts exactly. And it makes me angry.
Oh that sucks. I can't believe things like this, still happens. Its the 21st century. But hey I understand where his wife is coming from. It happens in the work force all the time

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IHonestly, if I were the wife I might want her gone too, knowing my husband was attracted to her.
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for a man like that there will always be some woman.


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that wife has no reason to want someone fired cause her husband triffling as hell. She needs to tell her husband to build a bridge and tell his d*ck to get over it and too bad you didn't sign a prenup cause it's ova foo'.



He ain't shhh.
Once again, a woman is blamed practically for breathing because some man supposedly "can't control himself." This decision sets a dangerous precedent and sets women's rights back 40 or 50 years. Should we be prepared to wear burkas? Given this case, I wonder.
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The wife is as big an ass as the husband.
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Does she have a right to work at his business? He replaced her with a woman and all office staff are women so it doesn't seem to be gender discrimination.

The dentist was attracted to her and didn't want to be tempted by continuing to work with her (or the wife didn't want it, either way). His nor the wife's problem was the assistant being a woman, it was him being attracted to her looks. I don't get why this was a court case and agree with the lower court's original decision. "Beauty" is not a protected class.
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Does she have a right to work at his business? He replaced her with a woman and all office staff are women so it doesn't seem to be gender discrimination.

The dentist was attracted to her and didn't want to be tempted by continuing to work with her (or the wife didn't want it, either way). His nor the wife's problem was the assistant being a woman, it was him being attracted to her looks. I don't get why this was a court case and agree with the lower court's original decision. "Beauty" is not a protected class.
Originally Posted by dia99
Bc she was pissed she got thrown under the bus and lost her job, and she wanted them to pay! And I'm not mad at her. LOL

But no one ever said it was a sex discrimination case.

She was hoping it would fly as wrongful termination on some other, more nebulous grounds.
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 12-26-2012 at 03:31 PM.
The original linked article above has the dentist's attorney saying this was not a gender based decision, which made me think that was her claim. I haven't seen what the actual complaint states.

Update -
Here's the ruling (it's only 16 pages) - http://www.iowacourts.gov/Supreme_Court/Recent_Opinions/20121221/11-1857.pdf

Nelson did claim gender discrimination.
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Last edited by dia99; 12-26-2012 at 04:12 PM.
From another article I read the texts were totally innocent--something about her kids.

What chaps my ass the most about this is the assumption that an affair would have happened if he decided it, as if it was a foregone conclusion that she would have went along with his hypothetical advances.

She should have sued for sexual harrassent for his innuendos.

I hope that stupid POS and his moron of a wife have a miserable marriage for the rest of their lives. They deserve it.

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welp this would explain why i was "let go" several times in my work history without any sort of explanation
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From another article I read the texts were totally innocent--something about her kids.

What chaps my ass the most about this is the assumption that an affair would have happened if he decided it, as if it was a foregone conclusion that she would have went along with his hypothetical advances.

She should have sued for sexual harrassent for his innuendos.

I hope that stupid POS and his moron of a wife have a miserable marriage for the rest of their lives. They deserve it.

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Originally Posted by legends
I'm not sure I know what your feelings are. Would you care to elaborate?
From another article I read the texts were totally innocent--something about her kids.

What chaps my ass the most about this is the assumption that an affair would have happened if he decided it, as if it was a foregone conclusion that she would have went along with his hypothetical advances.

She should have sued for sexual harrassent for his innuendos.

I hope that stupid POS and his moron of a wife have a miserable marriage for the rest of their lives. They deserve it.

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Originally Posted by legends
Do you think anyone actually made that assumption? I think the dentist may have been content just having her around to fantasize about.

And the wife may have just resented the fact her husband was hot for another woman he spent 8 hrs with everyday...whether or not anything ever jumped off btwn them.
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