Supreme Court Sides with Fort Dodge Dentist on Discrimination Lawsuit
The Iowa Supreme Court says a Fort Dodge dentist did not commit gender discrimination when he fired an attractive female assistant he viewed as a threat to his marriage. The court ruled yesterday that a boss can fire an employee he considers an "irresistible attraction,'' even if the employee has done nothing wrong. Justices rejected a discrimination lawsuit filed by Melissa Nelson, who was fired by James Knight in 2010. Nelson had worked in Knight's office for 10 years. She and Knight eventually started texting outside work about personal matters. Knight's wife, who also worked at the office, found out and demanded Nelson's firing.