Wait... Now A Woman Can Be Fired For Being Too Attractive?
On Friday, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court found that it was lawful for a dentist to fire his young, attractive assistant because he found her too attractive and worried about the possibility of an affair. The Court concluded that such firings are not discriminatory because they are motivated by feelings, not gender. According to the Court, this holds true even if the subordinate is a long-time, stellar employee and has not engaged in flirtatious or other inappropriate behavior.
I am sorry, but I do not see the distinction between feelings and gender here. And, I do not agree with this ruling.
Nevertheless, there is a lesson to be learned here -- if you are an attractive, hard-working female, don't live in Iowa. It may affect your ability to get and keep a job regardless of your job performance and/or tenure with the company. And, as a side note, I would like to hear Miss Iowa's position on this ruling during the question/answer session at the next Miss USA pageant.