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Court Rules on Attractive Worker's Firing...Again
DES MOINES, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- For the second time, the Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's ruling which found an employee fired because her boss' wife was concerned there was an improper relationship going on was not discriminated against.
Although the court said no laws were broken, they said the decision should have no weight on whether the employee could sue for a hostile work environment or sexual harassment.
The case was brought by Melissa Nelson, who was fired by Fort Dodge dentist James Knight. The case grabbed national headlines when the court first ruled against Nelson, who claimed she was fired for being too attractive.
In the latest ruling, the court stressed that no laws were broken, but the ruling should have no impact on any civil action Nelson or anyone else in a similar situation would want to take.
In the first ruling, the justices argued no discrimination took place because the decision to fire Nelson was based on a feeling, and not gender. Although the second ruling was identical, the wording was different.
To read the complete ruling, click here.