The decision does not seem too bad to me. Click the link and listen to her evasive answers to whether she was having a relationship with the dentist.
Such firings may not be fair, but they do not constitute unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, the decision read, siding with a lower court.
An attorney for Melissa Nelson, the fired employee, said the decision was wrong....
During the last six months of Nelson's employment, Nelson and Knight, both married with children, started sending text messages to each other outside of work. Neither objected to the texting.
Knight's wife, who was employed at the same dental office, found out about those messages in late 2009 and demanded he fire Nelson.
The problem was not then that she was "too attractive" the problem was that she was disrupting a family business and a family. The wife then stepped in to dismiss the other woman.
I have a lot of sympathy with the wife - a divorce would have been unpleasant and expensive and, one assumes that had there been a divorce that the ex-wife would have lost her job either directly or indirectly.
The woman is not employed to flirt - she is employed to be professional.
This is not a case of some huge company sacking the secretary because her supervisor thinks she's hot but the supervisor's wife, who works somewhere else, thinks she's a threat to the marriage. This was a threat to a small family business.