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Iowa Court to Reconsider ‘Irresistible Employee’ Case

A woman fired from her job because she was an “irresistible employee” has gotten another chance at her sexual discrimination lawsuit after the Iowa Supreme Court took the rare step of withdrawing the unanimous opinion it issued in the case in December.

Melissa Nelson had worked for 10 years for Webster County dentist James Knight before she was fired in 2010 because of her looks. Knight eventually told Nelson’s husband that “she’s a big threat to our marriage” and that Knight feared he would attempt an affair if Nelson continued to work for him.

The court ruled that such conduct does not amount to sexual harassment because it was based on specific emotions tied to a specific relationship and not based solely on a person’s gender.

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