wouldn't this be considered wrongful termination?
I agree that it probably wasn't gender discrimination, but it defiantly isn't a valid reason to fire someone imo.
From what I understand from the news in OP's link he did not used her attractiveness as reason to fire her. He stated, in his own way, that the work relationship was not healthy anymore.
He doesn't have to say that fired her because she is a woman and attractive. He can simply put that she, as a person, is no longer a good fit for the job.
he also stated that she was pretty much the best worker he's had, so why did he fire her? because he apparantly didn't have enough will power to not think of her in such a manner(or at least his wife thought he didn't). isn't that wrongful termination if you fire some one without a valid working reason? How is it her fault that her boss isn't able to keep things professional, and why should she be out of a job because of this.
personally, to me the worst part is:
In fact, he said, Knight only employs women and replaced Nelson with another female employee.
that's not only admitting to gender discrimination, hell, any guy that's applied for the position can probably now bring up gender discrimination on him from that line alone.
but let's ignore that, and think of what's going to happen 10 years from now when he has to fire this new girl because of the same shit.