Iowa Supreme Court Says Yes, You Can Get Fired For Being ‘Irresistibly Attractive’

Sexy and you know it.

According to the Iowa Supreme Court, it is lawful for employers to fire its employees they find “irresistibly attractive.” This means even if there aren’t performance-related issues and if employees haven’t done anything wrong, firing them based on appearance is A-okay.

The case itself is related to James Knight, a dentist, when the court ruled in favor 7-0 (all male) that he was within his rights to fire Melissa Nelson, a female assistant he thought was too attractive. Per Justice Edward Mansfield, firings may be unfair but they’re not considered unlawful discrimination.

As indicated by The Associated Press, the case initially stemmed from dismissing a discrimination lawsuit filed by Nelson.

This decision was the first of its kind in Iowa and an attorney for the dentist indicated it’s a win for family values because he fired her in the spirit of saving his marriage. (As per the suit, Knight indicated her tight clothing was a distraction and considered it a threat to his marriage. In addition, apparently close to the end of her employment they exchanged texts outside of the workplace.)

To counter that point, Nelson’s attorney pointed out the all-male court didn’t recognize discrimination that women see regularly in their workplace.

Attorney Paige Fiendler stated, “These judges sent a message to Iowa women that they don’t think men can be held responsible for their sexual desires and that Iowa women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires. If they get out of hand, then the women can be legally fired for it.”

Publish date: December 24, 2012 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT