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You Can Now Get Fired For Being “Irresistible”

Yup, that’s correct. In Iowa, you can actually get fired if your boss finds you irresistible. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s THE LAW. The Iowa (all male) Supreme Court “ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an ‘irresistible attraction,’ even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong.” Your eyes didn’t mess up there. Even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. So if you’re in Iowa and your boss thinks you’re hot, you can get fired.

It’s totally cool though: “Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender.” Because that makes it okay. Is it just me or is it worse to get fired because of someone’s feelings and emotions instead of gender? I honestly don’t know which is worse.

Why did this ruling occur, you ask? So this dentist, James Knight, fired a woman named Melissa Nelson after deciding that he was just too attracted to her. And his wife agreed that this woman was going to come between their marriage. Melissa Nelson was fired (after 10 years!) because “he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing.” First of all, EW. Second, it sounds to me like homegirl wouldn’t have an affair with pervy bossman so he fired her.

Which is exactly what happened. After the two texted for a bit (about their families), Knight’s wife got pissed. The Knights met with their pastor, who also agreed Nelson should get the heave-ho. Because this is how business decisions should be made. Knight even contacted Nelson’s husband and told him that “he was getting too personally attached and feared he would eventually try to start an affair with her.” Maybe he could just not do that? I don’t know.

Nelson filed a lawsuit for gender discrimination, but the judge sided with Knight. Then it reached the Iowa Supreme Court, which is apparently ass-backwards because they made this completely stupid ruling. So note-to-self: don’t move to Iowa.

Caitlin is a graduate of the University of Alabama who has an obsession with cupcakes, coffee, and Harry Potter. She always has random fun facts and is now living and adventuring in New York City. Follow her fabulous life @caitlincorsetti. You’re welcome!

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    1. missfitnic says:

      Glad this is a story! This really got to me! In my opinion, Dr. Knight should be held responsible for his own "feelings," and if he can't be a big boy and make sure his "feelings" don't translate into actions, he shouldn't be able to take it out on an innocent woman and hide behind the law! The fact that the law is setting a precedent for men everywhere (or at least in Iowa directly) like "hey, got a hot secretary you want to bang? It doesn't matter if she's a good and decent person, who has done nothing but act professionally in the work environment, just because she get's you hot and bothered purely through the way she looks, go ahead and get rid of her, no need for you to be…oh I don't know, A MATURE ADULT HUMAN BEING." To me this is just unfair and absurd.

    2. So if you’re in Iowa and your boss thinks you’re hot, you can get fired.

    3. Is it just me or is it worse to get fired because of someone’s feelings and emotions instead of gender? I honestly don’t know which is worse.

    4. […] •Nowadays being “irresistible” is synonymous with being “fired.” No really. It’s the law. (College Candy) […]

    5. svenerlandson says:

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    6. The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an "irresistible attraction," even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.

    7. theboss says:

      This ruling is kinda pointless, we already have something to control these types of problems. It's called willpower, is everybody an idiot except me??

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