July 13, 2013
This undated photo provided by Melissa Nelson shows Melissa with her husband, Steve, and their children in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday, July 12, 2013 stood by its ruling that Fort Dodge dentist James Knight acted legally when he fired Melissa Nelson, his longtime assistant, because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an affair. The court found that bosses can fire employees that they and their spouses see as threats to their marriages, fairly or not, and said such firings do not count as illegal sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.
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A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he had grown too attracted to her and worried he would try to start an extramarital affair, the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed Friday in its second crack at the controversial case.
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