The Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday that employers in the state can legally fire workers who are an "irresistible attraction," even if the workers have done nothing wrong other than being super hot, according to an Associated Press report I read today.
A judge said, 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.
The unanimous decision was made after a female dental assistant was fired by a male dentist, because the dentist's wife considered the assistant to be a threat to their marriage. The dentist agreed, complaining that his assistant could sometimes be 'distracting'. Melissa Nelson worked for James Knight for 10 years, and he considered her a stellar worker. But in the final months of her employment, he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing. He also once allegedly remarked about her infrequent sex life by saying, that's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.
I think the judges failed to recognize the discrimination that women see routinely in the workplace. These judges sent a message to women that men can not be held responsible for their sexual desires and that women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses' sexual desires.
I think its a disgraceful ruling.