Debonding: Iowa Supreme Court Rules Dentist Can Fire Assistant Due To An “Irresistible Attraction”


121223010629-nr-lemon-dental-assistant-fired-00001202-story-topIt appears that “debonding” is now both a permissible legal as well as dental procedure. The Iowa Supreme Court handed down a controversial ruling on Friday that a dentist, Fort Dodge Dr. James Knight, could fire an assistant due to an “irresistible attraction.” Melissa Nelson was fired because Knight and his wife viewed her as a threat to their marriage. Justice Edward Mansfield wrote for a unanimous court that such a firing does not violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act even if the employee does not engage in flirtatious behavior.

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