According to the Iowa Supreme Court, you can be fired by your boss, without cause, if he wants to have sex with you but doesn’t tell you. It isn’t considered sexual harassment. It’s family values. (From AP via TPM):
The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote. …
Nelson, 32, worked for Knight for 10 years, and he considered her a stellar worker. But in the final months of her employment, he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing, according to the opinion.
He also once allegedly remarked about her infrequent sex life by saying, “that’s like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.”
Knight fired Nelson and gave her one month’s severance. He later told Nelson’s husband that he worried he was getting too personally attached and feared he would eventually try to start an affair with her.
Nelson was stunned because she viewed the 53-year-old Knight as a father figure and had never been interested in starting a relationship, Fiedler said. …
Knight’s attorney, Stuart Cochrane, said the court got it right. The decision clarified that bosses can make decisions showing favoritism to a family member without committing discrimination; in this case, by allowing Knight to honor his wife’s wishes to fire Nelson, he said.
Knight is a very religious and moral individual, and he sincerely believed that firing Nelson would be best for all parties, he said.
Let’s ignore the fact that in tough economic times, firing a person because you have an ape’s brain and can’t control yourself is not “best for all parties.” And let’s ignore the fact that the 10 judges of the court that gave this ruling were all male in a conservative state.
This guy’s excuse for firing is what you get from people who believe that women are raped because the way they dress is “asking for it.”
There are countries run by religious fanatics where women are punished for giving a man a glass of water, because they’re “asking for it.” A number of women have been gang raped in India in recent weeks because they were on different buses at night and were “asking for it.” A political party in America believes that a woman can’t get pregnant if she is involved in “a legitimate rape” because her body “can shut that thing down,” meaning if it’s not “legitimate,” she’s asking for it.
I was getting upset about the firing, and wondering how people reach these extremely insane steps of logic, but I wasn’t going to post on it. Then I saw this teaser on the bottom of a different story that said this:
- Being ‘irresistible’ may cost you your job (seattletimes.com)
- Iowa court: Bosses can fire ‘irresistible’ workers (seattletimes.com)