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Iowa supremes to issue new ruling in case of woman fired for being too irresistible

Posted Jun 26, 2013 7:38 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The Iowa Supreme Court has withdrawn a controversial opinion that found a dental assistant did not suffer unlawful sex discrimination when her boss fired her because he considered her an irresistible attraction.

The decision tossing the case by dental assistant Melissa Nelson had provoked outrage among columnists. The blog On Brief reports that the court’s chief justice announced on Monday that the case was being withdrawn and would be resubmitted today without oral argument. A new decision could come as early as this Friday.

"That’s an extraordinary move," the blog says, "which comes six months after the court received national attention for ruling that a male employer does not commit gender discrimination if he fires a female employee at the request of a jealous wife."

Hat tip to How Appealing.

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