Iowa: Supreme Court upholds firing to save marraige

Discussion in 'What's On Your Mind?' started by Frank, Dec 23, 2012.

  1. Frank

    Frank Original Member

  2. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    early in my career, our young CEO hired a young (= hot in today's vulgar parlance) secretary; his wife came in one day to visit, saw what the woman was wearing, and next week, the secretary was replaced by someone 25 years older.

    Hiring is at-will in most places. This probably happens in places other than Iowa, they just handle the situation more discreetly. getting the state supremes involved is odd.
  3. RB

    RB Founding Member


    Story was on Fox this morning. This is the picture they had up. Must just be a bad picture.
  4. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    or a horny dentist
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  5. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    There's a little more to it than was many papers are reporting:

    Nelson, 32, worked for Knight for 10 years, and he considered her a stellar worker. But in the final months of her employment, he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing, according to the opinion.

    He also once allegedly remarked about her infrequent sex life by saying, 'that's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.'

    Knight and Nelson — both married with children — started exchanging text messages, mostly about personal matters, such as their families. Knight's wife, who also worked in the dental office, found out about the messages and demanded Nelson be fired. The Knights consulted with their pastor, who agreed that terminating Nelson was appropriate.

    Knight fired Nelson and gave her one month's severance. He later told Nelson's husband he worried he was getting too personally attached and feared he would eventually try to start an affair with her.
  6. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    It does sound as though the dentist was a bit of an (expletive deleted) in the months leading up to the firing, but the employee also engaged voluntarily in some of that behavior.
  7. Sunny Goth

    Sunny Goth Original Member Coach

    I'd sue him for sexual harassment. This is all about him and his 'bulging pants'. What a disgusting person.
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  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Unfortunately for the employee, both sides managed to handle the case in such a way that no federal issues were raised, which means that the decision from the Iowa Supreme Court can't be appealed. Even if it could be appealed on a federal issue, the next court up from a state supreme court is the U.S. Supreme Court, which would probably decline to hear the appeal.
  9. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Sounds like it was the guys wife who is the distgusting person.
  10. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    As was the dentist -- the comments about the bulge in his pants & the Lamborghini are way out of line in any workplace.

    There's blame to go around in this case.

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