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By Sapa-AFP | Dec 27, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 19 ]

An “irresistible” dental assistant fired for threatening her boss’s marriage — even though she turned away his advances — has lost her discrimination lawsuit.

Melissa Nelson, who is married with children, had worked for James Knight for 10 years before his wife complained about his infatuation with her.

Nelson told the court that she had seen Knight as a father figure and a man of “integrity” who generally treated her with respect.

But about nine years into the job, Knight started to complain that her clothes were “distracting” because they “accentuated her body,” and he sometimes asked her to cover up with her lab coat.

At one point, Knight told Nelson that “if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing,” court records showed.

After she told him that his complaint about the tightness of her shirt wasn’t fair, he texted back that it was a good thing she didn’t wear tight pants too “because then he would get it coming and going,” the court records showed.

And at one point when Knight discussed infrequency in Nelson’s sex life, he told her “that’s like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it”. 

Knight’s wife, who also worked in the dental office, put her foot down when she discovered the two were texting each other.

After meeting with their pastor, Knight agreed to fire Nelson because she was a “big threat to our marriage”. 

Knight had his pastor by his side when he told Nelson that their relationship — even if there was no sexual affair — had become a ”detriment” to his family and that for the sake of both their families they shouldn’t work together.

He later told Nelson’s husband she had not done anything wrong or inappropriate, but that he was worried “he would try to have an affair with her down the road if he did not fire her”. 

Since Nelson did not consider Knight’s behaviour to be sexual harassment, the Iowa Supreme Court determined the question to be ”whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction”. 

While Iowa law prohibits discrimination against employees based on gender, the all-male court ruled that Knight’s conduct was ”unfair” but “did not amount to unlawful discrimination”. 

“I’m trying to stay strong. It’s tough,” Nelson told CNN. “I don’t think it’s fair. I don’t think it’s right.” 

She denied wearing provocative clothing, telling the television network she wore loose-fitting scrubs to work under her lab coat.

Knight’s attorney said there was a clear precedent to allow employers to fire employees who aroused jealousy in their spouses.

“He and his wife really agonized about it,” Stuart Cochrane told CNN. “He didn’t want to terminate her.” 

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yoo...im sexy too but still have my job.....this woman f*ucked her boss...and the boss want some more...somebody is not telling the truth...

Dec 27, 2012 12:47 | 0 replies

Wow ......the husband cannot resist his urge ..................and the wife is so insecured ..........................................shame pity their kids who will grow having low self esteem coz abazithembi abazali , maybe thisv woman is too pretty Mr Night is afraid to shela....................as a woman pamper urself and luk gud for your men.....................................................plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Jan 10, 2013 9:45 | 0 replies

Well, is she wh\1te this man?
Happy Near Year Ms K

Jan 04, 2013 12:1 | 0 replies

She just wanted a raise guys...hahahahaha

Dec 28, 2012 1:15 | 0 replies

you are too sexy for the job, too sexy for the dentist, too sexy *singing*

you should have told the dentist's wife to feed his deprived husband and the hubby wouldn’t be shopping around nx sies. When will woman learn this simple lesson to prevent cheating?
As for the priest uyaphapha

Dec 28, 2012 11:31 | 0 replies

excatly why for a long time men prefared women to run the house, work places are for work, not a place to show off, not a place for unneccesary distructions, wonder how worse the mining exidents of the 80s would have been if Sophie worked underground aswell

Dec 28, 2012 11:16 | 0 replies

a work place is where we r expected to b productive, the environment is made such that it promotes productivity, thousands were spent for all that, i think its in the best interest of the employer to minimise any unnecessary distructions that might lead to less productivity, not that i condone men's mind for getting stuck up in ladies thighs but imagine in an open office enviro how too much skin from a hottie can b distructive if the magority of employees is males under 35, people will day dream all day with tents bulding under their desks. its no skinny deeping show its business, get dressed accordingly and stop blaming the hormone controlled men, calling him sick? he cant control his body chemistry maaan, whereas the lady was standing infront of the mirror ealier she could have seen them titties bulging and changed to something more appropriate

Dec 28, 2012 8:17 | 0 replies

@Sin actually this article is more than 2wks old yahoo published it and what was said originally is that there were flirtetious sms btwn ms sexy and the boss the wife nailed them and ordered the husband to fire her, she took the practice to court the employer won, the fact of the matter she is not the innocent victim in the matter, and you know that I can be a hardcore feminist if she was right I'd be on her side but she was trying to get special favours from the boss by wearing scantily to the office, you know that sometimes men can only think from the waist down and us women are very good at exploiting the feature, the boss's wife won the day and saved her marriage from a potential preditor, I say.

Dec 27, 2012 4:10 | 0 replies

YNOTY - Read the f***ing article next time dumb@ss.

Dec 27, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

Sowetan we cannt see what you're talking about show us her pic maan eish!

Dec 27, 2012 3:35 | 0 replies

She wanted more from her boss...Sl'ut

Dec 27, 2012 3:35 | 0 replies