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Dental Assistant Loses Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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A dental assistant, who filed a discrimination lawsuit against her boss after he admitted to firing her because she was too attractive, has lost her gender discrimination lawsuit.

The Supreme Court of Iowa ruled against the woman, Melissa Nelson, in the case involving her termination from her position by her employer Dr James Knight. Nelson lost her job at Knight's dental clinic, after his wife became suspicious and troubled over the relationship between her husband and his assistant.

Nelson had worked as a dental assistant at Knight's clinic for 10 years. However, Knight allegedly told her husband that his assistant was a threat to his marriage, because he was afraid he would try to have an affair with her. In January 2010, the doctor fired Melissa Nelson after his wife became concerned about the nature of the relationship with her.

She filed a gender discrimination lawsuit, claiming that the termination was illegal. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that the doctor's conduct in terminating her employment did not constitute gender discrimination under the Civil Rights Act.

The court has found that the doctor's conduct in terminating her services was based on his personal feelings towards her, and could not be considered as discrimination, or as the result of gender bias. The Court ruled that the doctor may have acted unfairly, but was within his legal rights to terminate her employment, because he believed that she was a threat to his marriage.

This is even though the doctor admitted that Nelson had never behaved inappropriately or flirted with him during the time that she worked with him. However, his actions were motivated by his feelings and not by her gender, and hence the court decision.

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