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Show Of Hands December 24th, 2012 12:00am

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?

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munkey? SilentMunkey
12/24/12 4:16 pm

She looks okay. I wouldn't go so far as to call her a deal breaker for a marriage.

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TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
12/24/12 4:16 pm

Discrimination is natural and sensical in a lot of situations, except for race discrimination. I oppose hiring woman as firefighters - they're not up to the task, and old men aren't either. Not hiring people whose English is poor makes sense when hiring for a teacher or customer svc. position.

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palindrome California
12/24/12 4:15 pm

Yeah. That's true. But case law from a State Supreme Court isn't something I'd be so ready to stand behind. Which is exactly why this is so controversial. Because its sketchy as f***

munkey? SilentMunkey
12/24/12 4:11 pm

He hired her because he wanted to do some work on her. (And I ain't talkin' about teeth.)

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munkey? SilentMunkey
12/24/12 4:10 pm

You masterbate with Vaseline? (Seriously that is all I got out of that comment.)

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dpfkd
12/24/12 4:08 pm

The only good call here is his wife leaving him and taking the house.

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smacc DunningKruger
12/24/12 4:03 pm

It should have cost him. It's not like she wasn't attractive when he hired her.

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Quinnipiac Here
12/24/12 3:53 pm

Bottom line, she couldn't demonstrate that she was in a protected class. The law is the law, and most employment agreements say that either side can terminate without cause. That said, the public can weigh in with their choice of the caliber of person they want doing their dentistry.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:52 pm

good for him, but screw her? really? The guy has a problem and it's her fault?

if he's attracted to her it's just a matter of time before it's someone else (which, of course, will also be her fault).

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leader77 California
12/24/12 3:51 pm

I mean, he essentially said that there are circumstances in which he would sacrifice his marriage for something else....great guy.

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AnnieM The Island
12/24/12 3:51 pm

Even "below insurance adjusters," RJ, you evil, evil person, you.

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AhhItsAmy
12/24/12 3:50 pm

Good for him! If more husbands honored their wives (and vice versa) maybe people would be less willing to divorce and more willing to work it out and carry through with their vows.

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eliseml14
12/24/12 3:48 pm

I think the wife is just jelous

leader77 California
12/24/12 3:43 pm

I think this guy has bigger issues. This poor woman got caught in the middle of it.

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Catman62
12/24/12 3:42 pm

The dentist's wife must have been afraid he was drilling more than just teeth...

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davidwhite1 Building it Bigger
12/24/12 3:40 pm

Ugh the private sector does build all of those things it called taxes!

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pcfz
12/24/12 3:34 pm

As funny as it sounds, no, it's not a good call.

munkey? SilentMunkey
12/24/12 3:32 pm

He should learn some self control. If she was a threat to their marriage... maybe that marriage isn't all that strong. Probably not worth staying in.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:26 pm

you must be talking about my post at :16 below.

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lmurder MDK
12/24/12 3:25 pm

Hahaha this woman had no rights. She must have done something to instigate this.
My money says she hit on him so he took action.

JackTorS Clap you stupid bastards
12/24/12 3:25 pm

The courts didn't see it as discrimination.
Your opinion is your opinion. My opinion is my opinion backed by case law.

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lac
12/24/12 3:24 pm

He may not be in business for long, but he will still be married. He is not firing her because of her gender or because of her race or something like that. People do this without being as honest all the time. They discriminate against overweight people or people that are not attractive all the time.

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thatguy81 here
12/24/12 3:19 pm

Ahh, I see RJ the hate mongering Internet troll is in full force yet again.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:16 pm

and a Merry Christmas to you too!

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palindrome California
12/24/12 3:13 pm

Merry Christmas everyone.

No matter what side of an issue you are, I hope you have a great Christmas with you and yours. Don't let stuff said on this app ruin your day. Hope you all come back real soon and rejoin the great royal rumble that is SoH

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:03 pm

he's making tough choices? firing someone for being who they are. yeah, tough choice. just not as tough as keeping his pecker in his pants or maybe seeking marriage counseling. that would be asking too much.

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AnnieM The Island
12/24/12 3:01 pm

He replaced her, so it was not a layoff.

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AnnieM The Island
12/24/12 3:01 pm

Technically a "layoff" is different than firing. A layoff is because the position is no longer necessary or because the company had to downsize. In most places if you lay someone off you cannot hire someone else for their previous position unless you offer them their job back first.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:01 pm

worse...an insurance adjuster. that's hurtful.

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palindrome California
12/24/12 3:00 pm

Lightsabr- you attacked him first. Calling him a lowlife etc...

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 3:00 pm

he should not be afforded all the rights and protections granted to him by the United States of America to run his business and not play by the rules we all have to abide by.

it's called a civil society for a reason.

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chinito Florida
12/24/12 2:57 pm

It is not ethical but it is legal. You should be able to fire anyone for any reason. If an employer is stupid enough to fire someone because of race, gender, religion, or good looks he won't be in business for long.

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samlissie California
12/24/12 2:56 pm

I don't think it was because she was pretty. I think he was fostering lustful feelings for her. In that way it's his fault, but I'm not sure firing her was the only way to fix things.

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lightsabr2 The Big Sky
12/24/12 2:55 pm

Palindrome, he's making tough choices to save his family. No one's molesting or beating anyone. Go away, troll.

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 2:55 pm

I assure you, it is NOT random.

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RayX quit
12/24/12 2:54 pm

Justice? Where do you find that?
Seriously, we may agree that it wasn't fair but if she was relieved of a bad situation and moved on to a better job her damages would be different than if she lost the only high paying job available to her.
Or do you just think she is due all she can take?

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lightsabr2 The Big Sky
12/24/12 2:53 pm

You just get your kicks from randomly attacking people online.

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AnnieM The Island
12/24/12 2:53 pm

circumstances than your boss causing you to lose you livelihood over something you can't help or change that in no way interferes with your ability to do the job.

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AnnieM The Island
12/24/12 2:53 pm

Firing someone and choosing to work for someone/choosing to leave that job are two totally separate categories and there's good reason that there are laws for one and not for the other.
The employer holds power over the employee. Choosing to leave a job is a completely separate set of…

palindrome California
12/24/12 2:52 pm

Stick around here longer. You'll read things that will shock you every day. It's entertaining in a somewhat sick and twisted way. Like, you want to look away... But you want to see how it ends too

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thathrlady
12/24/12 2:51 pm

Look, an employer can be a jerk, but that does not make it illegal. The gal is better off not working for someone like that...probably a blessing in disguise.

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EarlyBird Portland
12/24/12 2:51 pm

And why did it take him 10 years to fire her?

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EarlyBird Portland
12/24/12 2:50 pm

Why did he hire her in the first place if he knew his weaknesses?

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palindrome California
12/24/12 2:49 pm

It's very obviously discrimination. Why you can't see that is up for debate. But I'm pretty sure almost everyone sees this as discrimination. The major issue up for debate is whether the discrimination was justified

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RJ1969 SoCal
12/24/12 2:48 pm

is it also going to be the Vaseline's fault when he gets caught masturbating in a public bathroom?

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palindrome California
12/24/12 2:47 pm

I bet you lightsabr is one of those "family needs to stay together NO MATTER WHAT" folks who blames the daughter for daddy molesting her and blames mom for daddy getting drunk and beating her. Sometimes I can't believe we're in 2012 when I come to these comment boards

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