TULSA - The Iowa State Supreme Court has ruled that a dentist was within his rights when he fired his assistant of ten years for being "irresistable" and a "threat" to his marriage.
James Knight fired Melissa Nelson, a 32-year-old mother of two, and she sued to get her job back.
A lower court ruled in favor of the boss, so she appealed all the way to the state's Supreme Court.
Now, the all-male panel has also sided with the dentist, and an attorney representing Knight says they got it right.
Stuart Cochrane told ABC News “we do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right. Our position has always been Mrs. Nelson was never terminated because of her gender, she was terminated because of concerns her behavior was not appropriate in the workplace. She’s an attractive lady. Dr. Knight found her behavior and dress to be inappropriate.”
Nelson said “I was very surprised after working so many years side by side I didn’t have any idea that that would have crossed his mind."
It came out in court that Knight's wife actually told her husband to fire Nelson after learning that the two were exchanging text messages.
Mrs. Knight apparently also works at the dental office.