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Woman fired by dentist for being too attractive speaks out on court ruling that sided with boss

BY LINDSAY WILKES-EDRINGTON, THE HUFFINGTON POST Modified: January 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013

Melissa Nelson worked as a dental assistant for 10 years and thought she would make it her lifelong career. But that dream came to a sudden end in 2010 when her employer fired her for being too attractive.

Fort Dodge, Iowa, dentist James Knight said he fired Nelson to save his marriage, and in December the Iowa State Court backed his argument. Justice Edward Mansfield wrote that such firings are not unlawful discrimination because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender.

On HuffPost Live Wednesday, Nelson and her attorney, Paige Fielder, disputed the ruling and said they hope to have it overturned. Fielder filed a petition this week requesting a rehearing.

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