Melissa Nelson

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Legal to Fire Female Employee for Being Irresistible?

The Iowa Supreme Court has recently withdrawn its December 21, 2012 opinion in the sex discrimination suit, Nelson v. Knight, and has declared that it will review the case....more

Labor Letter, July 2013: Can You Fire Someone For Being Too Sexy?

In a recent case decided by the Iowa Supreme Court, the judges held that such an action is acceptable under the law. Before your mind starts wandering too far about the repercussions of this decision, let’s not get ahead of...more

Employment Law Blog: Attraction and Jealousy - Not Discrimination

The Iowa Supreme Court decision in Nelson v. James H. Knight DDS, P.C., et al, filed December 21, 2012, has drawn national attention for the holding that the termination of Nelson’s employment was not in violation of the Iowa...more

Don't Hate Me 'Cause I'm Beautiful: Termination Based on "Irresistible Attraction" is Not Unlawful Sex Discrimination

Christmas came a few days early for Iowan employers, when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a male employer acted legally when he fired a female employee because he had become irresistibly attracted to her – a situation the...more

Post-Apocalypse (Well, Post-Vacation, Anyway) Employment Law Roundup

Happy new year, everybody! Although I've been on vacation, the news never sleeps, and the Mayans were wrong. Accordingly, I have a few items to catch you up on....more

Yes, Dear, I Will Fire My Employee Because She is "Hot"

Can a boss fire an employee simply because he finds her attractive? Yes, according to the Iowa Supreme Court in a recent decision, Nelson v. James H. Knight, DDS (Iowa, December 21, 2012). And, lest you conclude that the...more

Too Sexy To Work Here: Fired For Being Attractive

Melissa Nelson is “devastated” according to ABC News. She was fired from her job as a dental assistant after 10 years of service because her male employer found her attractive and felt termination necessary to protect his...more

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