Woman fired for being ‘irresistible’ blasts Iowa Supreme Court ruling

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, December 23, 2012 11:00 EDT
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A dental assistant who was fired from her job because her boss claimed she was “irresistible” spoke out on Saturday.

Melissa Nelson told CNN she had no idea what changed. She had worked at the position for more than 10 years without incident. Nelson said she “absolutely” wasn’t having an affair with her boss, but did have a personal relationship with him and his family.

The all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the firing of Nelson was lawful and not discriminatory. Her employer, Dr. James Knight, said he “feared he would have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her,” according to ABC News.

“I really struggle with it,” Nelson said. “I don’t think it is fair. I don’t think it is right.”

Her attorney, Paige Fiedler, explained to CNN that they could not appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court because it was filed under Iowa state law.

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube by CNN, below:

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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