June 27, 2013
A dental assistant who was fired for being too attractive will have her case reheard in court after it was ruled in December that her firing was legal.
Over the last decade, Iowa justices have granted only five petitions to rehear a case in court. Yet, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court has decided to rehear Melissa Nelson’s case. In December 2012, the court ruled that her firing did not violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act, and that it was legal for her employer to fire her for simply being an “irresistible attraction.”
Nelson’s issued a petition to the court to review the case. A new decision could be made by this Friday, when the court is scheduled to wrap up all cases submitted during the prior term.
More articles on this case:
- Editor’s opinion on the dentist who fired a dental assistant for being “irresistible”
- “Irresistible” dental assistant speaks out on her firing
- An update to the case of the "irresistible" dental assistant