The Iowa Supreme Court has stood by its earlier ruling that it was fine for a dentist to fire his assistant because he found her too attractive.
The all-male court on Friday upheld its December decision that bosses can fire employees they view as threats to their marriages even if the employees have done an excellent job and have not engaged in flirtatious or other inappropriate behavior, the Associated Press reports.
Such firings don't count as sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender, the court said.
In December, a judge dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed against a Fort Dodge dentist, James Knight, who fired assistant Melissa Nelson, who worked for him for 10 years.
Knight admitted she was a fantastic employee. But in the last months of her employment, he began complaining that her tight clothing was arousing him. He eventually dismissed her at his wife's insistence.
Via Associated Press