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Melissa Nelson, 33, didn't either. Then she was fired from her job in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as a dental assistant, after 10 years, simply because her boss found her irresistibly attractive — and a threat to his marriage. The former high school sweethearts have two young children. Knight's office, so she job shadowed there, she got a job there and just everything fell into place," Steve Nelson continued. She viewed Knight as a father figure and mentor, and when Nelson had both of her children, Knight visited with his family.
Their friendship -- they would exchange text messages during off hours -- went from cordial to creepy, she said. Nelson said she once answered in a way implying "not much," and Knight responded, "that's like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it. Nelson's attire consisted of a standard scrub suit. On humid days she removed her lab coat, under which she wore a simple crew neck t-shirt. Nelson said she did not flirt with Knight and was "absolutely not" attracted to him.
She never led him on, she insisted. Knight's wife discovered her husband was texting with Nelson while the Knights were on vacation — and made sure it would end. The three-person meeting began, and the purple folder was opened. The dentist read a statement and told Melissa she was fired.
Knight said I couldn't work in the office, because he was becoming attracted to me, and not able to focus on his family, and his family life. I instantly broke down in tears. All I remember is just sitting there, and not able to get up, telling him that I love my job. Is there a mistake?! I want you to know, Steve, that your wife has done nothing wrong. This is my wife. Why is he thinking of her as an object? I have just never, ever seen her do anything inappropriate. Knight gave Nelson a month's severance for her 10 years of stellar work, but she decided to fight back.
In AugustNelson filed a gender discrimination suit against Knight, seeking damages and lost pay, in Iowa District Court. The judge dismissed the case before trial. Knight declined repeated requests for an interview.
In court he didn't disagree with Nelson's characterization of the facts. His attorney told ABC News: " However, Paige Fiedler, Nelson's attorney, said, "We had admission after admission after admission from the defendant himself that her sex played a part in his decision. In December the seven justices ruled that although the one month's severance was "ungenerous," it is OK to terminate an employee "simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.
This guy is a jerk, but being a jerk is not illegal," said Ilya Shapiro, a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute. Rekha Basu wrote a scathing column for the Des Moines Register, calling the all-male Supreme Court's decision "embarrassing. A man would never be terminated for being too handsome. Nelson filed yet another appeal, and last month the court agreed to reconsider its earlier ruling — a rare occurrence. The same seven judges came up with the same ruling, clarifying that you can be fired "…because the boss's spouse views the relationship between the boss and the employee as a threat to her marriage.
I wouldn't want to be hurt again. Now, the dental assistant who once earned a good salary with benefits by day is scraping by on tips waiting tables at a local sports bar at night. Working nights means she spends much less time with her children.
He comes and eats at the restaurant that I work at.
I could either pick my head up and go with it, or I can walk away with my tail between my legs. And I'm not going to let that happen.
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