A new case from Iowa rejected a sex discrimination case by a woman who was fired by her male boss. The reason she was fired? The boss found her too attractive and wanted to “save his marriage.” The Iowa Supreme Court (all males, by the way) decided that the motivation was not the fired worker’s gender, but her effect on her boss’s emotions. Got that? He had no responsibility to rein in his desires; she had to be fired. Although the employee did not allege sexual harassment, the allegations would have supported such a claim. Among other things, he told her that if she saw his pants bulge, she knew he considered her clothing too distracting.
The plaintiff had worked for the employer, a dentist, for ten years from the age of 22, and did not have any interest in a relationship with him.