Irresistible in Iowa
Then in 2010, Knight suddenly fired Nelson because of the “nature of their relationship and the perceived threat” to his marriage. In other words, Knight now found her too “irresistible” to keep around and terminated her so she couldn’t be a “detriment” to his family.
Nelson took the case to a lower court and lost when it decided Knight’s behavior did not violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act. So she appealed to the all-male Iowa Supreme Court and, believe it or not, lost again.
“I don’t think it’s fair,” Nelson told reporters Saturday. “I don’t think it’s right.”
Fair or not, the decision does adhere to state law. Since gender discrimination was not involved, Knight was well within his rights to fire Nelson.
Pardon my French, but this state law blows. And to make matters worse, there’s even evidence to suggest sexual harassment on Knight’s part. Check this out.
Towards the end of her employment in the dentist’s office, Knight would often complain about Nelson’s outfits as being too tight or “distracting.” He would constantly ask her to change her attire, despite the fact that Nelson wore scrubs like everyone else.
On one occasion, Knight told her that if she noticed a bulge in his pants, then her outfit was likely too revealing.
We all know that co-workers, even bosses and their employees, sometimes flirt with one another. It adds some spice to the office and can make the drudgery of day-to-day routine much more interesting, as long as it’s innocent, that is.
I believe that’s exactly what Nelson and Knight had, at least for a while.
There was a time when Nelson mentioned how infrequent her sex life was to Knight and he responded in typical fashion: “That’s like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.” Obviously these two were comfortable with one another if they were willing to share such personal details about themselves.
Nelson and Knight even exchanged text messages outside of work. Unfortunately, Knight’s wife found out and told him to fire Nelson. She also worked in his office and obviously got very jealous, so he obliged. Nelson was canned after ten years of service.
We all know what happened, don’t we? Knight had a hot little assistant he wanted to bang and couldn’t because (a) she was happily married and simply flirtatious and (b) his own wife was right there watching him the entire time. So when he finally couldn’t control his desires any longer and got busted for flirting with Nelson, he did what any coward would do.
So now Nelson is jobless and her own state government can’t even help her. To add insult to injury, Knight even filled her position with another female assistant.
What you want to bet this new employee is the opposite of irresistible? And knowing Knight, he’ll eventually want to bed her, too!
Posted on December 23, 2012, in Perspectives and tagged commentary, current-events, gender, Iowa, justice, Knight, law, Nelson, news, perspectives, Sexism, sexual harassment. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.