Mom Deemed 'Too Hot' For Work Gets Second Chance

Iowa Supreme Court revisits mother of two's gender discrimination lawsuit.
2:32 | 06/29/13

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Back, now, with the bizarre story of a mom of two who claims she was fired for being too good-looking. Her boss allegedly calling her irresistible. In a rare move, the iowa supreme court who rejected her discrimination lawsuit is giving it a second shot. And rebecca is back with more on this unusual case. The iowa supreme court, is made up of seven males. And highly unusual they would reconsider a case. The court is doing just that, after a huge public outcry that the 32-year-old dental hygienist was fired by her 53-year-old boss for being too tempting. Now, it's getting a second chance at justice. Melissa nelson spent ten, happy years working as a dental hygienist, for dr. James knight, physical she says he blind sided her with a pink slip. Claiming she was a threat to his marriage. Nelson says her boss didn't think he could be trusted around her. Saying she was too tempting. I was very surprised, after working so many years side-by-side. I didn't have any idea that that would have crossed his mind. Reporter: According to court documents, knight made reference to what he believed was nelson's infrequent sex life. Saying, quote, that's like having a lamborghini in the garage and never driving it. Nelson, a married mother of two, sued. Claiming her firing was a form of gender discrimination. In december, her case made it to the iowa supreme court, where the all-male panel unanimously sided with her boss. Ruling, he could fire her for being irresistibly attractive. I think it's sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the workforce. Reporter: The decision made national headlines. But a stunning reversal. In a rare move, the court says, it will case again. The only thing that's changed here, really, is the public's reaction to the decision, which was mostly negative. Reporter: Doctor knight's attorney says the decision to terminate nelson was legal, telling abc news, he believed the court will reaffirm its decision, saying, quote, the law has not changed. Meantime, nelson hopes even if the law hasn't changed, how the judges interpret it will. And also, nelson says she is surprised and delighted by the news that the iowa supreme court has withdrawn its ruling. They've only does this in the last decade five times. I interviewed her a couple weeks ago. She said she never responded to his advances. And she's working six nights a week to pay the bills. And hardly sees her kids.

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