Court rules that a woman can be fired for being too hot

A male boss hires an attractive young woman. The man's wife gets jealous. And the employee gets fired through no fault of her own.

When this happened in the dental office of James Knight in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dental assistant Melissa Nelson filed a sex-discrimination suit. 

According to a Supreme Court of Iowa decision, she worked there for 10-and-a-half years. On several occasions, Knight "complained" to her that her clothing distracted him because it was too tight.

"Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," wrote Justice Edward Mansfield.

Even though Nelson denied that her clothing was inappropriate for the dental office, she was still canned after Knight's wife learned they were texting messages to one another.

According to the ruling, the married couple consulted with their pastor, who agreed with the decision.

Nelson pointed out that sexual harassment violated the state's antidiscrimination law. Therefore, she argued that the boss should have to pay for firing someone to avoid sexual harassment.

But Mansfield didn't buy it and upheld the dentist's decision to dismiss his assistant. In the ruling's footnote, the judge noted that Knight allegedly told Nelson's husband that he "feared that he would try to have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her". 

The moral of the story—in Iowa, at least—is that the wife of a male boss can get female employees fired without cause, just as long as she suspects that her husband is thinking about having an affair.

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Diligence Eke
Good enough, both parties saved their homes!
Rating: -14
Ms. Nelson is NOT hot. Mr. Knight must have difficulty controlling himself.
Rating: -4
Here's what this is going to do, in Iowa. It'll open an opportunity for every brow beaten husband with a roving eye to test the waters in the office. If the pretty new office girl tells him to go take a hike, all he has to do is tell the wife he has a hottie in the office who puts a bulge in his pants. Ergo the chance of working in an office without wearing ten layers of clothing to hide those curves.
Rating: +7
Gary Pawson
I was wondering if judges can be fired for being to bloody STUPID! Just where do they find these jokers that we have sitting on the bench? Are we turning over rocks or perhaps turning over rocks on the beach because the bottom of the barrel has been scrapped clean! Good God, we are in a sorry state aren't we?
Rating: +1
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