Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Case: Rules of Attraction

Dental hygienist Melissa Nelson was fired for being too attractive. Her employer, James Knight, found her to be a threat to his marriage in 2012 despite the fact that she'd been an unproblematic and hardworking employee for him for over 10 years. Knight's wife wanted her out of the picture and the all-male Iowa Supreme Court agreed that honouring the Knights' marriage took precedence, deeming the termination lawful and acceptable. 

"These judges sent a message to Iowa women that they don't think men can be held responsible for their sexual desires and that Iowa women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses' sexual desires," said Nelson's attorney Paige Fiedler. "If they get out of hand, then the women can be legally fired for it."
Read more about it here

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