July 1, 2013

Will There Be An About-Face From The Iowa Supreme Court...

Four months ago, I posted a blog about a dental assistant, who was suddenly fired after ten years.  If you missed it you can check it out in my February 23rd blog.  It is called Can You Be Fired If You Are Too Attractive...

It described a decision made by the Iowa Supreme Court last December upholding a verdict that came from the lower courts in Iowa, which allowed the termination of a female dental assistant simply because she was "an irresistible attraction."

Last week it was widely reported that the court is reconsidering the 7-0 decision. An unprecedented move that has left all eyes on the sudden about-face.  Is it one member of the panel or all seven?  I guess time will tell.

According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order for reconsideration by the court.  It appears from the order that there is no new evidence.  Only a change of heart from one or more members.

It will be interesting to follow, as there have only been five reconsiderations in the past ten years according to the spokesperson for the Iowa Supreme Court.

I'll keep you posted...

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