Women in Iowa beware: If your boss thinks you’re really really ridiculously good looking, he can fire you. And it’s perfectly legal. The all-male Iowa Supreme Court refused to reinstate a lawsuit Friday, noting that a dentist didn’t break the law when he fired an employee who had worked for him for 10 years because he and his wife saw her as a threat to their marriage, reports the Associated Press. Melissa Nelson, the 32-year-old dental assistant was by all accounts a stellar employee. But her boss, James Knight, complained of her tight clothing, “once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing.”
I’m not even sure where to begin. How about…
Yet again, we find men demanding that it’s the woman’s job to control their male urges. That’s exactly what this ruling says. Because: Dr. James Knight has admitted that he’s incapable of controlling his sexual urges. And if what Dr. Knight claims about himself is true then I wouldn’t want to be one of his attractive patients under anesthesia. Seriously, think about that.
And then there’s this: “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. First… eew. Second, he actually admitted saying that? Third, she should have sued him for sexual harassment. Fourth brings us back to how Dr. Knight can’t control his sexual urges.
Enter the text messages, the wife and the pastor:
Six months before Nelson was fired, she and her boss began exchanging text messages about work and personal matters, such as updates about each of their children’s activities, the justices wrote.
The messages were mostly mundane, but Nelson recalled one text she received from her boss asking “how often she experienced an orgasm.”
Nelson did not respond to the text and never indicated that she was uncomfortable with Knight’s question, according to court documents.
Soon after, Knight’s wife, Jeanne, who also works at the practice, found out about the text messaging and ordered her husband to fire Nelson.
You know, it takes two to text, but only one of the two lost their job. Which brings us to the wife… Lord save us from stupid women. Dear Mrs. Knight, the threat to your marriage (and I’m using that term loosely) isn’t Melissa Nelson – it’s your husband.
It’s also probably you, Mrs. Knight, because your solution to his problem tells me that you’ve bought into his “I can’t help myself” defense and will have to spend the rest of your life removing temptation from his path – lest he falls on top of them. Makes you wonder how many temptations you missed so far, doesn’t it?
Now, how could we possibly make this situation worse? I know, let’s add religion!
The couple consulted with a senior pastor at their church and he agreed that Nelson should be terminated in order to protect their marriage, Cochrane said.
On Jan. 4, 2010, Nelson was summoned to a meeting with Knight while a pastor was present. Knight then read from a prepared statement telling Nelson she was fired.
“Dr. Knight felt like for the best interest of his marriage and the best interest of hers to end their employment relationship,” Cochrane said.
Love the way Dr. Knight had to read a “prepared statement” and have his pastor play his wingman. Also love the way he pretends to be saving her marriage, too – because the little woman couldn’t handle that on her own. Love, love, love the way the male pastor agrees that the problem is the Jezebel and not the man who’s admitted to being unable to control himself. Remember, both stated that there was no affair. In fact, only Dr. Knight admitted to inappropriate sexual comments and the fantasy of a future relationship.
Frankly, Dr. and Mrs. Knight deserve each other. My bet is that they end up in divorce court sooner, rather than later. Oh, it won’t be Mrs. Knight filing for divorce. No indeedy. That woman shows no signs of intelligence and she’s already bought into the fact that her husband can’t control himself. Oh no, my bet is that Dr. Knight will be filing for divorce as soon as he finds a woman who takes him up on his offers. He’s obviously been looking.