The seven male members of the Iowa Supreme Court reached a verdict today that makes it legal for employers to fire their employees on the grounds that the person they fired was too attractive. The Iowa Supreme Court stood by a decision made last November regarding an incident where a male employer fired his female employee for being too attractive, and threatening his marriage. The courts ruled then that his actions were not sexually discriminatory, a decision confirmed today.
The reason the employer was allowed to fire his employee was because he didn’t fire her based on her gender, but instead by his own attraction to her. In theory, a female or gay employer could fire a man under the same pretense. The Iowa Supreme Court Ruled that as long as the firing is based on the two’s relationship, and not their race, gender, or sexual orientation; the firing does not count as discriminatory.
Melissa Nelson, the fired woman, was none too happy with the male court’s unanimous decision. Her lawyer stated today,
“We are appalled by the Court’s ruling and its failure to understand the nature of gender bias. Although people act for a variety of reasons, it is very common for women to be targeted for discrimination because of their sexual attractiveness or supposed lack of sexual attractiveness. That is discrimination based on sex. Nearly every woman in Iowa understands this because we have experienced it for ourselves.”
This case sets an ominous precedent for future Iowa employees. If an employer finds an employee attractive, and she does not return his advances, he will then allowed to fire her. Previously, that would count as a clear-cut case of sexual discrimination. Now it won’t.
As an incredibly attractive man, I fear what will happen if this law makes it to California. Can’t a man be really, really, ridiculously good looking in peace?