This is the Woman (Legally) Fired By Her Boss for Being ‘Irresistible’

By 12.23.12

Melissa Nelson, a worker fired for being “irresistible” to her boss, spoke out Saturday about a high court decision that said her termination broke no discrimination law.

“The last couple of days have just been an emotional roller coaster. I'm trying to stay strong. It's tough,” she told CNN's Don Lemon. “I don't think it's fair. I don't think it's right.”

Nelson spoke one day after the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled on her case. The high court sided with a lower court, ruling that Nelson's termination did not constitute sex discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act.

She was not fired because of her gender, the court decided, but because her boss and his wife felt Nelson was a threat to their marriage.

Nelson was hired in 1999 as a dental assistant for James Knight. She stayed on at the Fort Dodge business for more than 10 years.

“The court got it absolutely right,” said Stuart Cochrane, Knight's attorney. He said that for the Iowa Supreme Court to have acted otherwise, it would have had to “ignore every other case we could find” with similar facts.

On one hand, this sounds like a totally antiquated and unjust ruling straight out of 1882. On the other, you’ve got to respect a bunch of old guys going on the record to say men have no control over their penises.Also, how about the boss’ wife? Her husband says there’s chick hurtin’ for a squirtin’ down at the job and suddenly she’s the subject of national headlines. That’s a bad beat.


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