If It Lasts More Than 4 Hours, Fire Her

I can’t really put my finger (or any other lurid body part) on what bothers me about this story.  Maybe it’s the all male panel of judges, or the all female staff.  Maybe it’s the wife’s paranoia about where the good doctor put’s his staff.  And what of the business side of this decision? I wonder if Dr. Knight realizes how many traditionally dental-phobic men had been keeping up with their 6-month cleanings.

I’ll say this for Dr. Knight – he got libido.  Can you think of any place that’s more of a turn off than a dentist’s office? The antiseptic environment, smell of disinfectant, and lack of throw pillows doesn’t really put me in the mood.  Although I’m only there twice a year –  and only for dental reasons.

In any case, The Iowa Supreme Court has just stated that you can fire someone based on her looks.  Not something ancillary to those looks, such as obesity that makes your health insurance rates increase, or a leathery face that comes from taking smoke breaks every 20 minutes, but on the looks alone.

And this?

The court said such firings do not count as illegal sex discrimination because they are motivated by feelings, not gender.

I don’t even know what that means!

Ok, so it’s not sex discrimination, it’s got to be SOMETHING. How about if we just called it “wrong”?

Note to Mrs. Knight: If your husband is so irresistant to women that he can’t even fill a cavity without thinking of…well…filling a cavity, you got bigger problems than just Melissa Nelson.  

This whole thing is really a shame. You have to think Dr. Knight’s patients were looking for a happy ending.

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One Response to If It Lasts More Than 4 Hours, Fire Her

  1. Greg says:

    A dentist who has “irresistible urges.” That’s who I want for a dentist.

    To add insult to injury. The guy is not only strange — at best, he’s also cheap: he gave her only 1 months severance for 10 years of work. Even the judge called this “ungenerous.”

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