(CBS NEWS) -- The Iowa Supreme Court is standing by its earlier ruling that a
dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant because he found her
too attractive and worried he would try to start an affair.
court ruled Friday that bosses can fire employees they see as a threat
to their marriages, even if the subordinates have not engaged in
flirtatious behavior. The court says such firings are not unlawful sex
discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.
Read the court's ruling here (PDF)
the same outcome the court reached in December, when justices dismissed
a lawsuit by Melissa Nelson against Fort Dodge dentist James Knight.
After a barrage of criticism for the ruling, Nelson's attorney asked for
reconsideration and the all-male court took the rare step of withdrawing the opinion.
CBS affiliate KCCI reports that Knight and his wife believed Nelson's continued employment would threaten their marriage. Her replacement was a woman.