Legal to sack a hottie

December 23rd, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Reuters reports:

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled employers in the state can legally fire workers they find too attractive.

In a unanimous decision, the court held that a dentist did not violate the state’s civil rights act when he terminated a female dental assistant whom his wife considered a threat to their marriage.

The seven justices, all men, said the basic question presented by the case was “whether an employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction”.

The high court ruled that bosses can fire workers they find too attractive and that such actions do not amount to unlawful discrimination.

The actual court judgement is here.

I await the PSA standing up for the rights of hot workers not to be discriminated against.

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22 Responses to “Legal to sack a hottie”

  1. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Without knowing as much as DPF does about the differences or similarities between Iowa and New Zealand employment, all I can say is that we have a restricted range of prohibited grounds of discrimination. Physical beauty is not one of them, so in theory it is perfectly okay in New Zealand to tell a prospective employee “I’m not hiring you because you are just too ugly”.

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  2. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    This is nonsense. How do you legislate for what any one person (or his wife) considers attractive? If said person had been Asian, and the guy found Asian women attractive, would this law still make any sense, or would it be claimable that a dorm of discrimination were at work. What if he dug Jewish chicks, etc. . .
    Similarly if he found disabled people attractive?

    Since when does someone’s wife (or any other third party) become the arbiter of what is considered acceptable physical characteristics of an employee or that person’s right to earn a living?

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  3. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Having said that, I just failed to get my contract renewed.

    It all falls into place.

    It’s because I’m just too damned hot.

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  4. anonymouse (708 comments) says:

    Sigh, all of these articles fail to mention the most important point of this case, Iowa is an “at will” employment state… He did not need to give her a reason at all,
    the act in question being used to dispute the case is a civil rights law, not an employment law………

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Hmm, yes, I was wondering who would be the first to spot that, anonymouse. . .

    I still stand by my self-proclamation of irreconcilable hotness though.

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  6. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    anonymouse
    Similar to here then, in that such a case in NZ would need to go to the HRC rather than the ERA?

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  7. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    “Feeling hot, hot hot”

    [da da dah da da da dah dah]

    etc.

    sorry.

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  8. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Tough shit for the hottie. I think it’s a story about how #housewivesrock Little bitch catches the eye of horny older man. Wife finds out and removes threat.
    “Hand that rocks the cradle”.

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  9. Graeme Edgeler (3,274 comments) says:

    Without knowing as much as DPF does about the differences or similarities between Iowa and New Zealand employment, all I can say is that we have a restricted range of prohibited grounds of discrimination. Physical beauty is not one of them, so in theory it is perfectly okay in New Zealand to tell a prospective employee “I’m not hiring you because you are just too ugly”.

    That’s discrimination. And hiring decisions. There’s a further step in New Zealand – if the person is already hired, then, in New Zealand, you need a reason to let them go. This wouldn’t be a sufficient one.

    That said, in New Zealand, this may well still be unlawful discrimination. We ban not only direct discrimination, but also indirect discrimination, and this seems highly likely to be female specific: just like a rule that we only hire people 6 feet tall. A 6 foot rule means few women will qualify; a ‘you must not be hot because my wife will get suspicious’ will similarly only detrimentally affect women.

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  10. flipper (3,824 comments) says:

    As a certificated Freeman oif the City of Sioux City, Iowa, and having been thei\r Deputy Mayor for a day, know that Iowa is different – you know, nothing but hogs, corn-fed beef, tractor pulls, and the big Misasouri river running thru the city. Those all come together in their idiosyncratic behaviour. God fearing the majority surely are. Sensible? They are just different. Afterall, it is more than 1000 miles to nearest seashore.

    I am noty sure whether Miken is confirming his PSA membership or NZ resident/citizenship-status.

    But I wonder whether it would help the PSA started by posting pixographs of all their executive members. We could then make a sensible judgment on whether we should follow Iowa, could we not? :)

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  11. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    No Graeme with respect you are wrong. Monique has it covered.

    This is about empowering women to expose and weed out men who might experience carnal urges.

    It empowers wives everywhere to cull prospective younger women from asserting their independence in the workplace because an older wive’s fear of losing her looks should really be the basis of every kind of sound legislation.

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  12. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    Isn’t information about PSA executives members already on the website?

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  13. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Nah, older wives don’t fear losing their looks. You get more powerful the older you get, and that beats beauty hands down. After all, you don’t have to look at yourself fucking.

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  14. flipper (3,824 comments) says:

    Miken..
    Lightenup.
    WGAS

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  15. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Well Monique someone should inform the cosmetics industry. Those misguided fools must be losing money hand over fist.

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  16. Monique Watson (1,062 comments) says:

    Yeah Lee. I’ll get Barbara onto it. Barbara Bush. The most powerful person in the world.

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  17. orewa1 (428 comments) says:

    Somehow I can’t see a hottie being a member of the PSA – just doesn’t fit their image.

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  18. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Monique the crux of my argument is that just by saying something from a subjective viewpoint doesn’t make it true. Nor is it a basis for making laws.

    http://www.forbes.com/powerful-people/
    http://news.yahoo.com/the-world-s-most-powerful-people-175643537.html

    barbara isn’t even in the top ten.

    And here’s a quote from Barbara:

    “Never lose sight of the fact that the most important yardstick of your success will be how you treat other people – your family, friends, and coworkers, and even strangers you meet along the way.”

    You think she’d approve of getting someone sacked for being too good-looking?

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  19. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    I am constantly discriminated against in the workplace because of my awesomely wonderful good looks.
    ’tis a burden I carry with obvious dignity despite my manifest trevails…

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  20. Left Right and Centre (2,876 comments) says:

    *After all, you don’t have to look at yourself fucking.*

    I keep reading this sentence over and over and over on a loop. I’ve got no idea why… it just speaks to me….

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  21. Longknives (4,678 comments) says:

    Monique and her gutter mouth…..Giggity!

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  22. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    He allegedly also once commented on her infrequent sex life by saying: “That’s like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.”

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/dental-nurse-hits-out-as-court-upholds-decision-to-sack-her-for-being-an-irresistible-attraction-20121224-2bu9t.html

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