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Can you fire an employee for being too attractive?

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My ruling: Figure it out for yourselves, idiots.

Logic: I am not your marriage council.
Man decides to marry woman accepting that this is a proclamation to his undying love to said woman, no matter who else upon which he sets eyes.

A woman comes along and his eyes start to gaze.
It was also her intent to gain salary.

They both fail at life.
He should by court lose his wife. He is clearly unworthy of any meaningful relationship. He should also be labelled so that future women can recognize this fact.
She thinks her value as a human is within her body. She is an idiot. All humans’ value is within the brain. It doesn’t matter if she is sentenced to permanent jail or death. It is basically the same for such a worthless thing.


Our legal system has more important things to discuss. These people only waste time.


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Employers an the US are "at-will" employers, meaning that an employee can be terminated at any time and for any reason (except, of course, for legally forbidden reasons like race or gender). The dentist didn't need to give a reason for the firing at all, and the sex discrimination tack sounds like a reach to me.

That said, even if there isn't a legal problem there's certainly a moral one. It's hard to argue that, if they couldn't work together any more, and for a reason so internal to the dentist as opposed to the business, the assistant had to be fired. The dentist could have quit or sold his interest in the business with the same outcome temptation-wise.

If the assistant was fired because of presumed sexual interaction, on anyone's part, regardless of what the assistant did or did not do, that's a pretty BS rationale that absolutely hinged on her gender and appearance. It is unfair, and I don't see a whole lot of meaningful difference between "I fired her because she wouldn't sleep with me" and "I fired her because someone thought she might sleep with me".
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[quote name="Khaiy" post="5014188" timestamp="1356457639"]It is unfair, and I don't see a whole lot of meaningful difference between "I fired her because she wouldn't sleep with me" and "I fired her because someone thought she might sleep with me".[/quote] There is all the difference in the world. The first is coercion, and in some cases could be considered rape. The second is avoiding a legally risky and morally inappropriate situation. In this case all three layers of the courts agreed with the business owner. There have been many similar cases with the same result. Firing someone because of a risk of sexual relationships or jealousy is not protected by the law. Many people have been legally fired for that before, and many will be fired for it later. The supreme court correctly pointed out that this firing is the opposite of discrimination, allowing it to continue could result in a lawsuit. Firing her is the least risky legal situation. The business owner did the right thing. If the courts did say it was illegal to fire her then it means the business would be basically immune from sexual discrimination and harassment in the future. It would be a very easy case: "We tried to fix the situation before the harassment took place but the supreme court forced us not to, and here is the proof." All three courts realized just how insane that would have been.
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I meant that the two are similar for the person fired in terms of the result, in which he or she loses the job because a person with the power to fire him or her finds him or her attractive. There's no question that "sleep with me or you're fired" is rape. Being attractive enough that your employer may not be able to resist propositioning you is a BS reason to be fired that you can do nothing to prevent or protect yourself from.

And the outcome may be legally acceptable, necessary, or even ideal. But, as the court decision stated, it's not fair to be fired for being deemed too attractive by someone or another. I would be beyond pissed to be fired for such a reason, especially with no legal recourse or compensation.
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[quote name='frob' timestamp='1356474025' post='5014258']
If the courts did say it was illegal to fire her then it means the business would be basically immune from sexual discrimination and harassment in the future. It would be a very easy case: "We tried to fix the situation before the harassment took place but the supreme court forced us not to, and here is the proof." All three courts realized just how insane that would have been.
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Admitting to intending to sexual harass someone should be a crime in and onto itself. It's like planning to swindle someone or worse.

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[quote name="Khaiy" post="5014263" timestamp="1356475201"]There's no question that "sleep with me or you're fired" is rape. [/quote] That's a pretty big statement to make. It's certainly an evil thing to do, but I don't thunk you can equate the experience of someone being physically violated with coercion. As for this case, I think it's pretty messed up. It's pretty simple; you're married, don't sleep with other people. Having an attractive person around is not an excuse. Learn to keep it in your pants.
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If the courts did say it was illegal to fire her then it means the business would be basically immune from sexual discrimination and harassment in the future. It would be a very easy case: "We tried to fix the situation before the harassment took place but the supreme court forced us not to, and here is the proof." All three courts realized just how insane that would have been.

 

 

Admitting to intending to sexual harass someone should be a crime in and onto itself. It's like planning to swindle someone or worse.

That's pretty thoughtcrime-y. That's like convicting a recovering alcoholic of drunk driving for not going to the bar because they know they'd get drunk and drive home if they went there.

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If the courts did say it was illegal to fire her then it means the business would be basically immune from sexual discrimination and harassment in the future. It would be a very easy case: "We tried to fix the situation before the harassment took place but the supreme court forced us not to, and here is the proof." All three courts realized just how insane that would have been.

 

 

Admitting to intending to sexual harass someone should be a crime in and onto itself. It's like planning to swindle someone or worse.

That's pretty thoughtcrime-y. That's like convicting a recovering alcoholic of drunk driving for not going to the bar because they know they'd get drunk and drive home if they went there.

 

Or that's like telling people you're going to swindle someone out of their SS checks and the police finding documentation of your plans and the person's personal information.

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If the courts did say it was illegal to fire her then it means the business would be basically immune from sexual discrimination and harassment in the future. It would be a very easy case: "We tried to fix the situation before the harassment took place but the supreme court forced us not to, and here is the proof." All three courts realized just how insane that would have been.



Admitting to intending to sexual harass someone should be a crime in and onto itself. It's like planning to swindle someone or worse.
That's pretty thoughtcrime-y. That's like convicting a recovering alcoholic of drunk driving for not going to the bar because they know they'd get drunk and drive home if they went there.
It is a business.

It is not so different from if a business owner who sees a high risk of "employee dishonesty" (theft) and then fires an otherwise good worker merely on suspicious behavior without actual proof.

Or a business owner who can see that certain employees are a high risk for damaging goods, and then firing them.

Or a bar owner who stops serving drinks to somebody when they look drunk. (In many places this is mandated by law, it is such a high legal risk.)

Business owner sees a very legitimate legal concern (high probability of a sex-related infraction) and takes action to avoid the legal problem.


As the defense pointed out, and all three levels of the courts pointed out, this is an entirely legitimate business move. It has happened many times, gone through the courts many times, and repeatedly seen to be a perfectly legal business decision. They see a legitimate risk, and they take steps to manage the risk. It is not discrimination.
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I agree with the ruling.

 

The employee is not just being fired for 'being too attractive', the employee was fired because she was putting stress on the boss's marriage, even though that stress was initiated by the boss's wife most likely. 

 

If the bosses relationship with his wife is strained because of an employee, one could argue it is causing distress of some degree in the work place, and the only way to keep a company running successfully is to remove something causing problems in the work place.

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