Court to rule again on attractive worker’s firing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court will decide for a second time whether a dentist acted lawfully when he fired an assistant for being too attractive.

The court is expected to issue a ruling Friday in a sex discrimination lawsuit brought by Melissa Nelson, who was fired by Fort Dodge dentist James Knight despite being a stellar employee.

Justices ruled 7-0 in December that Knight didn’t commit discrimination when he fired Nelson, saying bosses can terminate workers that they find too irresistible because those decisions are based on feelings, not gender.

The court withdrew that opinion amid criticism and will issue a new decision Friday.

Knight and his wife said the dentist had become too attracted to Nelson and believed her continued employment would threaten their marriage. Her replacement was a woman.

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