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Iowa Supreme Court confirms that it’s OK to be fired for being too attractive

Iowa Supreme Court
Iowa Supreme Court

DES MOINES – In a 32-page ruling released Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld an earlier decision that stated that an employer can fire an employee for being too attractive.

In its “final analysis” of the case, the court wrote in its opinion that “this court has carefully considered the issue presented and has sought to understand its complexity with the seriousness and attention demanded of all cases. Research has failed to uncover any appellate court in the nation that has recognized sex discrimination under facts similar to those in this case, and it has failed to identify any state legislature that has defined sex discrimination to include adverse employment consequences from a consensual personal relationship. If, in fact, Congress or our legislature intended for adverse employment consequences from consensual personal relationships between employers and employees to be protected as sex discrimination, these legislative bodies can clarify or change the law to reflect such intent. In the meantime, our law and this court remains devoted to carrying out the important legislative goal of eradicating discrimination from society, but this case simply lacked the facts to establish discrimination. Without proof of sex discrimination, the employment-at-will doctrine followed in Iowa guides the outcome.”

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