At the request of his wife, an Iowa dentist fired a female assistant because she was "irresistible and a threat to his marriage." She sued, claiming discrimination. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of the dentist. Good call?
If she was intentionally turning him on, then yes. But if it was a situation that sheerly involved the dentist's lack of self-control, then no. Rather than her being fired, the dentist needs to find a way to control his actions.
He probably hired her for the same reason he fired her.
But non union businesses do what they want, its a risk
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The dentist wanted to bang her and didn't trust HIS control of HIS urges so he fired HER?! It's incredible that people side with the dentist over her; am I missing something? Are there really this many sexist people on this app?
It's pathetic is what it is. What a joke of a man.
She wasnt fired for her work she was fired for looks. Thats the definition of discrimination. Id bet $500 that if she was a minority she wouldve won
It's funny how we want what is not good for us.
If he's so creepy and she's so talented then she was better off leaving.
Her firing was her gain, his loss.
He's the one with damages caused by his wife, not the assistant.
The boss can't control himself, so he fires a long-term employee? That sounds like the boss, not the employee, is the one with the problem. I *love* how people solve internal problems by blaming others for them. No, nothing wrong with me, it's all YOUR fault my penis wants to stick you. Disgusting.
It is a sorry excuse to fire someone because you can't control your lust. I understand that employers have the right to hire and fire whoever for whatever.
He shouldn't have hired her in the first place if he can't trust himself around beautiful women.
Didn't Adam blame eve for making him eat the fruit?
if you own a small business, you should be able to hire and fire whoever you want. it doesn't say much for the dentist's self control though. adults should be able to handle themselves...(no pun intended)
Firing someone because you find them physically attractive? This sounds like a bad joke. That's pitiful.
That's not a right reason to fire somebody but I believe someone should be able to fire anybody they want for any reason because its their company and they are the boss
Or he could just stay faithful to his wife.
There can be sexual chemistry between any two people, regardless of how beautiful they are. It should not be grounds for firing because the boss can't keep his lust to himself. If she was doing her job and not coming on to him, She should sue him for all he's worth! Creep!
I read the story and agree with Tony. The guy absolutely did not trust himself.
What I found odd though is why did it take him 10 years to decide he was too attracted to her?
So let me get this straight a dentist fired an assistant because she was beautiful and his insecure wife was scared of her. Where is the justice this women has no job because she is beautiful. That is sickening
I was thinking the same thing.
When you lack confidence in yourself and don't know your own value, temptation and fantasy abound. It sounds like he is feeling like a victim. When they go full circle they become bullies. Bullies feel like the victim while inflicting pain on others. There is a pattern here.
Shouldn't you be able to fire anyone you want? I mean, your paying they're salary?!!
I voted yes solely on the question because I haven't read anything about this.
But who's to say she wasn't coming on to him.
I think the dentist is a wise man who loves his wife. If he fired somebody for his wife he is keeping his promise to his wife to stay faithful in there marriage
Not a good idea due to conflict of interest for the family relationship.
That is great for the "hiring process". However once you hire someone, you can't just fire them without a good reason. People make major financial decisions based on their jobs and as long as you are doing it well (no verbal or written warnings) you should not have to worry about being fired.
Completely agree. Any other circumstances I would call it shallow, but yes this is harrassment.
How is it sexist when he replaced her with another female?
I hope he loses lots of patients over this. He should move to a country where the women all wear burkhas so he and his wife are more comfortable
She should have sued for sexual harassment instead. He was telling her her appearance made a "bulge in his pants" and likened her body to Lamborgini. Inappropriate talk from him and she gets fired?! To "save his marriage". What a creep. Creepy employer, creepy husband, creepy dentist.
Can you imagine working with a group of ladies, your wife and possessive controlling attitude? This sounds like a recipe for stress. He needs some confidence and calm reassurance in his life. That will destroy any man if he lets it ride. Does he have confidence in himself to do the right thing?
I just hadn't caught this story, but have to answer to get to the comments to see if someone else had summed it up.
You mean to tell me you don't want to type a 500 word question?!! :P
Derb, teachers who do not do their jobs are fired. They usually resign. Don't buy the myth. If employers/ supervisors have clear criteria and keep proper performance data, then due process is followed. An irritated boss, hungover boss, or power trip boss, or this guys wife, ought not make the case.
Reading the details, it was pretty clear that he didn't trust himself.
That was supposed to be in reply to SimplyAce. SOH is being weird for me this morning. Probably my iPad, though.
There are dress codes and disciplinary action for conduct. If there was no warnings or requests for more professional conduct then there is a communication protocol issue. I would want to be given the opportunity to change or find another job before getting thrown out.
Maybe he didn't deserve to be trusted.
I had a friend say this often, until he was fired without cause ...changed his thinking, perhaps it would yours? People have families, bills and dreams. People are not toys to play with at will. You folks who believe like this guy obviously have no concern for fellow man. To fire?Compassion required
Should have divorced the crazy wife rather than fire a good employee.
It sounds like that poor man has problems... He is trying to protect his marriage and business. It sounds like any kind woman would be a threat to his wife. It is hard to know without the facts. In any event there is some form of dysfunction. Was she harassing or tempting him? His business.
This guy should have divorced his wife for not trusting him.
Mac: I agree that's how it should work, but the problem is that it would be impossible to build a case for poor work for everyone to be fired (look at how much evidence they need to fire teachers).
There can be only ONE irresistible person on show of hands!
An employer should be able to hire and fire for any reason! Excluding race, religion, and gender.
A modeling agency doesn't need to hire a lumberjack and a lumberjack doesn't need to hire a model.
Sometimes looks are part of the job and are thus not protected.
You seem to have missed, she was an excellent employee, he was shit as a boss.
Stop trying to fire me for being irresistible!
Thank God they are there! Love beautiful colleagues! Wtf was wrong with this dude? Oh, right, his wife! Is that fair dismissal?
His practice, his wish.
Take a couple days off Tony. Enjoy your family and the holidays, you've earned it.