Don’t Be “Irresistible” In The Great State Of Iowa: It Could Get You Legally Fired!


By Jueseppi B.

 

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This woman, Ms. Melissa Nelson is a woman and  a worker fired for being “irresistible” to her boss, YES you read that correctly.

 

 

From CNN U.S.:

 

‘Irresistible’ worker fired in Iowa: ‘I don’t think it’s fair’

 

By Dana Ford, CNN updated 10:55 AM EST, Sun December 23, 2012

 

(CNN) — It may not be fair, but it’s not illegal — not in Iowa.

 

Melissa Nelson, a worker fired for being “irresistible” to her boss, spoke out Saturday about a high court decision that said her termination broke no discrimination law.

 

“The last couple of days have just been an emotional roller coaster. I’m trying to stay strong. It’s tough,” she told CNN’s Don Lemon. “I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think it’s right.”

 

Nelson spoke one day after the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled on her case. The high court sided with a lower court, ruling that Nelson’s termination did not constitute sex discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

 

She was not fired because of her gender, the court decided, but because her boss and his wife felt Nelson was a threat to their marriage.

 

Nelson was hired in 1999 as a dental assistant for James Knight. She stayed on at the Fort Dodge business for more than 10 years.

 

“The court got it absolutely right,” said Stuart Cochrane, Knight’s attorney. He said that for the Iowa Supreme Court to have acted otherwise, it would have had to “ignore every other case we could find” with similar facts.

 

At first blush, he said, the result might sound bizarre. But Cochrane stressed that if all the facts of the case were known, the court’s decision would seem more fair.

 

“He and his wife really agonized about it,” Cochrane said about Knight. “He didn’t want to terminate her.”

 

According to the high court’s decision, Knight complained to Nelson toward the end of her employment that her clothes were tight and “distracting.” Cochrane said Knight asked her repeatedly to dress differently.

 

Nelson denied that what she wore was out of place, and when asked by CNN’s Lemon whether she dressed appropriately at work, she said she wore scrubs.

 

At one point, Knight told Nelson that “if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing,” the decision read.

 

Read the court’s decision (PDF)

 

But Knight’s wife, who was employed at the same dental office, found out about those messages in late 2009 and demanded he fire Nelson.

In early 2010, he did just that.

 

Read the full article at CNN U.S.

 

 

Iowa Supreme Court: OK to fire ‘irresistible’ worker

 

More From CNN U.S. & Dana Ford, CNN updated 8:23 PM EST, Sat December 22, 2012:

 

CNN) — Can a boss fire an employee he finds attractive because he and his wife, fairly or not, see her as a threat to their marriage?

 

Yes, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

 

“The question we must answer is … whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction,” Justice Edward M. Mansfield wrote for the all-male high court.

 

Such firings may not be fair, but they do not constitute unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, the decision read, siding with a lower court.

 

An attorney for Melissa Nelson, the fired employee, said the decision was wrong.

 

“We are appalled by the court’s ruling and its failure to understand the nature of gender bias,” said Paige Fiedler, the attorney. “For the seven men on the Iowa Supreme Court not to ‘get it’ is shocking and disheartening. It underscores the need for judges on the bench to be diverse in terms of their gender, race and life experiences.”

 

The case concerns her client’s employment as a dental assistant. Nelson worked for James Knight in 1999 and stayed for more than 10 years at the Fort Dodge business.

 

Toward the end of her employment, Knight complained to Nelson her clothing was tight and “distracting,” the decision read. She denied her clothes were inappropriate.

 

During the last six months of Nelson’s employment, Nelson and Knight, both married with children, started sending text messages to each other outside of work. Neither objected to the texting.

 

Knight’s wife, who was employed at the same dental office, found out about those messages in late 2009 and demanded he fire Nelson.

 

In early 2010, he did just that. In the presence of a pastor, Knight told Nelson she had become a “detriment” to his family and that for the sakes of both their families, they should no longer work together, the decision read. Knight gave Nelson one month’s severance.

 

In a subsequent conversation between Knight and Nelson’s husband, Knight said Nelson had done nothing wrong and that “she was the best dental assistant he ever had,” the decision read.

 

Read the full article at CNN U.S.

 

 

Only in The Great Stupid State Of Iowa, is idiocy rewarded and hard work vilified.

 

 

This is what irresistible looks like:

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One Response

  1. Smiling ok … I love the perfume “Irresistible too by Givenchy” …

    On Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM, “The ObamaCrat.Com” wrote:

    > ** > Jueseppi B. posted: “By Jueseppi B. This woman, Ms. Melissa Nelson > is a woman and a worker fired for being “irresistible” to her boss, YES > you read that correctly. From CNN U.S.: ‘Irresistible’ worker fired > in Io”

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