Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Can an Employee Who has not been Flirtatious get Terminated Because her Boss Views her as an Irresistible Attraction?

Under Iowa law and apparently under Title VII, the Iowa Supreme Court says yes. Here, a dentist engaged in questionable joking with his dental assistant and had to deal with a wife who demanded that the dental assistant be fired. The dental assistant sued on the basis of gender discrimination and lost. Here are the facts presented in the light most favorable to the plaintiff: Melissa Nelson, v. James H. Knight DDS, PC and James Knight

In the 1940s, one of my late friends clerked for a prominent federal circuit judge and was in line to become the first female clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court. However, the wife of the Justice involved vetoed the invitation because she did not want an attractive female in chambers.

(Thnxs to the Work Matters blog.)


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