The Iowa supreme court says it's OK to fire a woman who is doing a great job, but who is so attractive that a married boss wants to have sex with her. A married dentist, James Knight, fired his employee Melissa Nelson beause he was attracted to her. At his wife's encouragement, Knight fired Nelson so that his feelings of attraction for her would not endanger his marriage.
Apparently, the fact that Nelson didn't flirt with him or give any appearance of interest in carrying on an extramarital relationship is irrelevant to his decision and irrelevant to her right to a cause of action for sex discrimination.
She was nevertheless fired, not because Nelson was bad at her job, but because Knight said he might be tempted to have an extramarital affair with her, and in fact, made unrequited advances. In other words, the dentist, with his wife's encouragement, fired his assistant so he wouldn't be tempted to pursue a woman who'd expressed no romantic interest in him.
The Iowa Supreme Court held that the termination was legal and wasn't technically gender discrimination. In other words, the court held that the fact that Knight didn't fire Nelson because she's a woman but because he was attracted to her was a defense against a sexc discrimination lawsuit.
Now there's a giant step back for women--and no work for a divorce lawyer.