In the past few years there have been
instances where people claimed they were fired for being too
attractive. Or, in modern day terms, they were too hot to hold onto
These firings led to lawsuits, but I
stopped paying attention and have no idea how they came out. But this
phenomenon was brought back to my attention after the Iowa Supreme
Court, of all places, ruled that a boss can fire an employee if that
employee is so attractive they're a distraction to others.
I know what you're wondering. If this
becomes the law of the land, how will I ever be able to remain
employed in the future?
But we're not here to talk about me.
According to CNN, here's what happened. A dental assistant, with 10
years on the job, was fired after the dentist's wife became
suspicious after she discovered they were sending after hours text
messages to each other.
The CNN story didn't say what the text
messages were, but the court ruling stated the assistant lamented her
lack of a "love life," (not what was actually said, but
you know, family paper and all), and the dentist responded, "That's
like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it."
That was said exactly that way and
while it's creepy when said by a boss to an underling under these
specific circumstances, I'll admit I laughed when I read it.
Then, in a scene that would be rejected
by a TV sitcom, the dentist brought in his wife and a pastor and
fired the assistant in front of them, saying she had become a
detriment to his family. It didn't say what the pastor had to do with
And as with 99 percent of all affairs
that go bad, the assistant and the dentist met up again (always just
a little bit left in the tank) and the dentist told her she'd done
nothing and that she was the best assistant he'd ever had.
It wasn't enough, she sued, saying she
was fired because of her gender, but never mentioned sexual
harassment. The dentist responded he had fired her because she was a
threat to his marriage and her gender had nothing to do with it.
The Iowa Supreme Court agreed, saying
they could find nothing in the case that indicated the assistant had
been fired because she was a woman, or because she was so
unbelievably hot. According to the woman's attorney, the case stops
here because it was filed under Iowa law, making the state the final
authority on the matter.
Now, I know the next question running
through your mind. Is she really too good looking to be employed? Well, CNN only had photographs of her as they talked to her on the
phone, so it's hard to say. Pictures can easily fool the eye, but I'd
say she's normally attractive but nothing to consider ruining your
marriage and business over.
Because we all know that's what
happened. The dentist worked with someone who's normally attractive
for 10 years and somewhere along the line something happened and this
normally attractive person became "irresistible" to him.
It appears to have been an unrequited
feeling as the dentist admitted to nothing and the assistant swore
nothing ever happened. Of course, the dentist also claimed the
assistant wore tight clothing, to which she basically replied, "Hey,
it was a dentist's office. I wore scrubs all the time." So, pick
your side, I suppose.
Does it set a precedent? Will Iowa lead
the country in something other than corn production? Will women stop
wearing makeup and just let their hair fall wherever it may so they
can keep a job?Yeah, I'm probably talking crazy there.
As for myself, I've got too many bills
to remain this attractive. I probably need to stop spending so much
time in the mornings making myself attractive.
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