Fired for being “irresistible”

Being a smokin’ hottie is does not make you a member of a protected class in Iowa.

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.

An attorney for Fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in Iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman.

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8 Responses to Fired for being “irresistible”

  1. James says:

    ABC News is crappy.
    If she’s hot, they need to include a picture.

    When there’s a car wreck, they show pictures of the pile up.

  2. notamobster says:

    That’s what I’m saying, James! How you gonna have a story about a woman who was fired for being too hot(!) and not show her picture? What are they thinking?

  3. Rich Luke says:

    Oh listen (hand to ear) … what to my wondering ear doth I hear?
    Why the righteous cries out millions and millions of outraged feminists!
    Here, you can listen too!

  4. Ray Davies says:

    Now, just which one of our wives was that about now??
    Had to be one of our wives, they’re the most beautiful women in the country

  5. Bman says:

    Can a guy fire a gal for being butt ugly? There must be guys out there who are attracted to butt ugly gals. NOW doesn’t support that kind of firing I suspect but is silent on the hot chick who gets canned.

  6. notamobster says:

    Meh. She’s not ugly, but she’s nothing to write home about, either.