Dental Assistant Fired Because She Was 'Too Attractive'

Tanya Rivero has the latest on the story of one woman being fired for her looks.
2:33 | 12/23/12

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story of a dental assistant in iowa who whose boss fired her because she's it too attractive. No one is accused of her flirting on the job but only crime looking too good. Wait till you hear how a court ruled. Tanya rivero is here. Even her boss said she did nothing wrong and was the best dental assistant he's ever had but the court said her firing was unfair but ultimately decided it wasn't illegal and the decision left many working women outraged and many employment lawyers confounded. After ten years at a job she loved melissa nelson was fired because her boss said she was too much of a temptation and a threat to his marriage. On friday, the all male iowa supreme court unanimously agreed with dentist james knight ruling employers can fire employees they see as an irresistible attraction. I'm devastated. I really am. Reporter: The 32-year-old married mother of two says she saw her employer as a father figure and was shocked when doctor knight confessed he couldn't be trusted around her. 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: But according to court documents knight admits he referenced necessary's infrequent sex life saying that's like having a lamborghini in the garage and never driving I but when knight was busted by his wife sending text messages it was she who demanded she be fired. Nelson sued for gender discrimination arguing if she was a man she'd still have her job. I think that's absurd. I think the women in iowa should go to work in burqas for fear their boss might find them sexually attractive and terminate them. Reporter: "She was not terminated because of her her gender but to preserve the best interests of his marriage." It's sending a message men can do whatever they want in the workforce. The court chastised him for the ungenerous severance of one month's pay after ten years of work. But that's the extent of it. He's ohe hook and nelson has no more chances. You pointed out that all of these justices are male. Yeah, and it was a unanimous decision. I usually don't throw my opinion in but this is so wrong. I mean, sets a bad precedent. Yeah. All right, tanya.

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