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Dental Assistant Fired For Being 'Irresistible' Is 'Devastated'
http://gma/yahoo.com ^ | December 23, 2012 | ABC News

Posted on 12/23/2012 9:26:45 PM PST by NKP_Vet

After working as a dental assistant for ten years, Melissa Nelson was fired for being too "irresistible" and a "threat" to her employer's marriage.

"I think it is completely wrong," Nelson said. "I think it is sending a message that men can do whatever they want in the work force."

On Friday, the all-male Iowa State Supreme Court ruled that James Knight, Nelson's boss, was within his legal rights when he fired her, affirming the decision of a lower court.

"We do think the Iowa Supreme Court got it completely right," said Stuart Cochrane, an attorney for James Knight. "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."

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Put this one in Ripley's Believe It Or Not.

Dentist had the hots for his dental assistant. His wife finds out about it and the dental assistant is fired.

"Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," the justices wrote.

"Nelson recalled one text she received from her boss asking "how often she experienced an orgasm."

1 posted on 12/23/2012 9:26:55 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet

Poor gal. I think I might be able to find a position for her.


2 posted on 12/23/2012 9:28:52 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: NKP_Vet
Foxy:


3 posted on 12/23/2012 9:30:22 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: NKP_Vet
"Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," the justices wrote.

"Nelson recalled one text she received from her boss asking "how often she experienced an orgasm."

How is this NOT sexual harassment?  This woman needs a better legal representation than what she has now.

4 posted on 12/23/2012 9:33:50 PM PST by softwarecreator
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To: null and void

I think a counter lawsuit for hostile work environment is her her future. Hope she wins a million and I hope the henpecked dentist who takes orders from his wife goes bankrupt.


5 posted on 12/23/2012 9:35:23 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: Paladin2

Looks like a blockhead...ohhhhh...she’s the one on the left.


6 posted on 12/23/2012 9:36:32 PM PST by bramps (Sarah Palin got more votes in 2008 than Mitt Romney got in 2012)
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To: NKP_Vet
"Dr. Knight acknowledges he once told Nelson that if she saw his pants bulging, she would know her clothing was too revealing," the justices wrote.

Dr. Knight's mother raised a pig, not a man. Nelson is lucky to escape from that situation before she was assaulted.

7 posted on 12/23/2012 9:39:16 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Carry a Gun, It's a Lighter Burden Than Regret)
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To: NKP_Vet

What if he pulled out the wrong drill and then filled the wrong cavity? Hmmmmmmm


8 posted on 12/23/2012 9:39:28 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: NKP_Vet

Happens to me all the time.

I haven’t worked in 3 years. Although the fact that’s how long I’ve been retired may have a little to do with it.


9 posted on 12/23/2012 9:42:09 PM PST by llevrok (ObamaLand - Where young people go to retire.)
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To: null and void
"I think I might be able to find a position for her."

I am sooo not going there. . .

10 posted on 12/23/2012 9:42:34 PM PST by Flotsam_Jetsome ("Obama": His entire life is Photoshopped.)
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To: Paladin2
She is not bad, but certainly not "irresistible", and she is a mother to boot. Not exactly some nubile, dewy young thing.

Methinks she has some delusions there, and maybe inadvertently triggered jealousy in the spouse, not from hotness, but from proximity.

11 posted on 12/23/2012 9:42:36 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: softwarecreator

Where is Gloria Allred when you ned her.
HaHaHa maybe the Dentist is a Republican


12 posted on 12/23/2012 9:42:36 PM PST by funfan
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To: NKP_Vet
I haven't seen any pictures of how this woman dressed. But many jobs have a dress code.

OTOH, if she's good at her job, there ought to be other positions available for her to find.

Or maybe she should look for a woman dentist next time for a boss.

13 posted on 12/23/2012 9:44:15 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: NKP_Vet
I haven't seen any pictures of how this woman dressed. But many jobs have a dress code.

OTOH, if she's good at her job, there ought to be other positions available for her to find.

Or maybe she should look for a woman dentist next time for a boss.

14 posted on 12/23/2012 9:44:31 PM PST by pbmaltzman
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To: null and void

She has good teeth.


15 posted on 12/23/2012 9:48:04 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: NKP_Vet

Wonder what he does to his “irresistible” patients.

Ewww.


16 posted on 12/23/2012 9:56:03 PM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: null and void

Still, how can a “dental assistant” afford to sue to the IA Supreme Court?


17 posted on 12/23/2012 10:03:01 PM PST by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: NKP_Vet

In other stories it appears that they were sending inappropriate texts back and forth, though both claimed there was no inappropriate physical contact.

I’m probably pretty much alone in this, but I’m with the dentist and his wife on this.

Once inappropriate emotions had developed, which it seems pretty clear they had, at least on his part, it became a really poor idea for the two to keep working together as closely as is required for the position. The wife was quite right to be concerned.

The dentist obviously could have handled the dismissal, and he would have been well advised to spend what he eventually spent on his attorneys as severance.


18 posted on 12/23/2012 10:17:36 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

The dentist obviously could have handled the dismissal better.


19 posted on 12/23/2012 10:21:33 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: NKP_Vet

I suppose the dentist could have recommended her to a colleague who was looking for an assistant. Maybe she said she didn’t want that, I dunno. If he was getting sexually hung-up over her and especially since there was a wife in the picture, then it was wisest that they part company.


20 posted on 12/23/2012 10:23:39 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Sherman Logan

If he was getting the hots over her and felt it wise to part company from her, what was he supposed to do with this “mother.” Call her (presumably around) husband and explain?


21 posted on 12/23/2012 10:25:31 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Agree.

There was no claim that she did anything wrong, just that the two of them couldn’t work together any longer.

One of them had to go, and it’s not like he could fire himself.


22 posted on 12/23/2012 10:26:15 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: green pastures

>Wonder what he does to his “irresistible” patients.

Maybe assists with oral examinations?


23 posted on 12/23/2012 10:27:17 PM PST by soycd
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To: null and void
Poor gal. I think I might be able to find a position for her.

I doubt very much if she would be interested.

24 posted on 12/23/2012 10:29:45 PM PST by Isabel C.
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To: Sherman Logan

And it’s not like the Dentist could quit his job — she’d be out of a job anyway, and the Dentist would move to a “new job” and get a new assistant, and everything would be exactly as it is now.

The point of this isn’t to feel bad for the woman. It’s just the next stage in the “War on Women” brainwashing. Note the “all-male Supreme Court”. Like if there was a woman on the court, they’d rule “correctly”.

What exactly they should have ruled, doesn’t matter. The democrats will now run for “fairness” in the courts, the senate will, if there ever is republican control, filibuster any non-female supreme court justice until the court is “balanced” so women like this won’t suffer at the hands of “all-male courts”.

I


25 posted on 12/23/2012 10:31:22 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: NKP_Vet

26 posted on 12/23/2012 10:32:14 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Doogle

This picture looks 10 years old. Needless to say, I’d volunteer to fill her cavities.


27 posted on 12/23/2012 10:34:12 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Resisting an attraction like this is highly stressful. I’m not entirely sure I’d want my dentist highly stressed by the presence of his assistant.


28 posted on 12/23/2012 10:36:11 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: fieldmarshaldj

"...me thinks me posted wrong Melissa"

29 posted on 12/23/2012 10:38:04 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: NKP_Vet

A dental assistant I have met looks like a twenty something
year old version of Janine Turner. Mrs Dentist would have had
her canned year ago.


30 posted on 12/23/2012 10:39:50 PM PST by Sivad (Nor Cal Red Turf)
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To: Isabel C.

Killjoy.


31 posted on 12/23/2012 10:40:19 PM PST by null and void (Going Galt: The won't of the people)
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To: Doogle

You may be right. That one IS irresistably hot. The other one, not so much. If you have the other one’s contact info, I’d much appreciate it. I’m ronery.


32 posted on 12/23/2012 10:40:59 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Opinions vary. I find #2 very cute, but not irresistably hot.

Cuteness and hotness are rated on different scales, though some score high on both.


33 posted on 12/23/2012 10:46:14 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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Don’t care. Cute, hot, whatever. I want her number.


34 posted on 12/23/2012 10:48:24 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: NKP_Vet

This dentist is an arrogant SOB who sexually harassed a married woman with kids, the husband should of beat his soul right out of him when the dentist said he would end up having an affair with his wife, this SOB thinks he can have any woman he pleases, even if they are married, what an arrogant piece of filth!


35 posted on 12/23/2012 10:50:32 PM PST by IslamE (epiphany)
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To: NKP_Vet

What a load of crap. Seems there was much more going on here. She allegedly is discussing her sex life with her boss. He obviously is fantasizing about her and outwardly says so. He flirts with her and makes suggestive remarks to her. His wife must have been jealous of the assistant. So they decided based upon their own insecurities and projections that the assistant had to go. In my views, scrubs are not all that revealing unless the assistant was buying them a size or two too small and there is no indication of this in the article.

So, if the court says it “was clear...terminating her was not related to the fact she was a woman”, then how could she be viewed as a threat? What kind of threat? If the assistant had been a man, wouldn’t he also be a threat to the dentist’s marriage since the dentist’s wife worked there? If these really were “religious and moral” people as the article suggests, then why didn’t the dentist and his wife sit down with the assistant and explain his/their situation and concerns and then help her to find another position [even if it took a reasonable amount of time] instead of canning her with a paltry 30 days severance. Seems to me the pastor’s advice apparently wasn’t all that well thought out either. But, all this is subjective conjecture on my part since I do not have the salient and specific facts.


36 posted on 12/23/2012 10:55:40 PM PST by miele man
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If her behavior and dress were not appropriate then that is a totally normal reason to fire her. These headlines are ridiculous yellow journalism.


37 posted on 12/23/2012 10:58:35 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: NKP_Vet

A burkha in her wardrobe would fix that.


38 posted on 12/23/2012 11:00:39 PM PST by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: miele man

Excellent summation.


39 posted on 12/23/2012 11:01:19 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: NKP_Vet

it’s called unprofessional behavior.

Refusing to dress modestly, talking to people at an inappropriate distance are two things that come to mind.


40 posted on 12/23/2012 11:09:33 PM PST by LadyDoc
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To: Doogle
That picture.

I don't believe it's who you think it is.

Melissa Nelson

Melissa has been a music lover all her life ~ she started singing out loud to Disney tunes in the car as a toddler and just kept on signing. She was cast in the Pinnacle High School musical “Annie” show at 8 years old to play “Molly”, and has since had many key roles and performance opportunities at Desert Stages, Desert Foothills Theater, Missoula Theater Academy, and Power Chord Academy.

In addition to her vocal talent, Melissa picked up a ukulele last December, determined to use this small instrument to accompany her love of singing ~ and has recently begun to also teach herself guitar in her spare time using multi media resources.

Melissa studies voice with Martha Lindsey and Kevin Glenn. She recently placed 1st at the Hot Pipes vocal competition in her age division, winning a spot in the finals on September 26th. Melissa also runs varsity cross country, dances at Cave Creek Dance Academy, she is a member of the drama club, ‘Improv’ team, and the brand new ‘Singular Sensations’ Advanced Performance Team.

Melissa feels so fortunate that she has had a life of great opportunity and good fortune so she is able to express her joy in music.


41 posted on 12/23/2012 11:15:44 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Bratch

...as I said in Post #29


42 posted on 12/23/2012 11:17:51 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: null and void
Poor gal. I think I might be able to find a position for her.

Just one?

No, but seriously, this is one of those cases in which while I agree with the law, I just want to punch someone, preferably James Knight, D.D.S. Dude's a pig.

43 posted on 12/23/2012 11:22:46 PM PST by FreeFromWhat
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To: NKP_Vet
My ex-wife was a dental assistant for most of her career life, and I had a long time girlfriend that worked in a dental office.

I heard all kind of stories about dental offices and my take away was...there is usually 1 male dentist and the rest of the staff is female. If the dentist's wife isn't there every day running the office, the competition amongst the females is fierce. The young attractive ones have to be careful of the older staff because they will do anything to protect their seniority. If the dentist starts paying too much attention to some young nubile assistant...she will be driven out of the practice by her jealous colleagues. And they can be brutal.

The dentist may think it's his practice, but, without question, the women run it.

44 posted on 12/23/2012 11:27:50 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (<-------currently working through post-election anger issues.)
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To: LadyDoc
Refusing to dress modestly, talking to people at an inappropriate distance are two things that come to mind.

I'm not a doctor but every dental hygienist I've ever dealt with was wearing scrubs. Do you have some reason to believe she was "refusing to dress modestly"?

45 posted on 12/23/2012 11:33:00 PM PST by FreeFromWhat
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To: Tex-Con-Man

Why do they call it practice?

I want a dentist who doesn’t need practice!


46 posted on 12/23/2012 11:42:35 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: FreeFromWhat

I dont know any who where scrubs...


47 posted on 12/23/2012 11:51:41 PM PST by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: FreeFromWhat

I dont know any who wear scrubs...


48 posted on 12/23/2012 11:51:57 PM PST by gnarledmaw (Obama: Evincing a Design since 2009)
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To: Tex-Con-Man
The dentist may think it's his practice, but, without question, the women run it.

Ahh... so, it's a microcosm of life in general then?

49 posted on 12/23/2012 11:58:21 PM PST by FreeFromWhat
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To: FreeFromWhat

50 posted on 12/24/2012 12:05:14 AM PST by iowamark
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