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WTF: Too Hot to Work With


Calm down. She's just looking for files.

Calm down. She’s just looking for files.

IOWA CITY, Iowa — A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.

An attorney for Fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in Iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman.

But Nelson’s attorney said Iowa’s all-male high court, one of only a handful in the nation, failed to recognize the discrimination that women see routinely in the workplace.
“These judges sent a message to Iowa women that they don’t think men can be held responsible for their sexual desires and that Iowa women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires,” said attorney Paige Fiedler. “If they get out of hand, then the women can be legally fired for it.”

Nelson, 32, worked for Knight for 10 years, and he considered her a stellar worker. But in the final months of her employment, he complained that her tight clothing was distracting, once telling her that if his pants were bulging that was a sign her clothes were too revealing, according to the opinion.
He also once allegedly remarked about her infrequent sex life by saying, “that’s like having a Lamborghini in the garage and never driving it.”

Knight and Nelson – both married with children – started exchanging text messages, mostly about personal matters, such as their families. Knight’s wife, who also worked in the dental office, found out about the messages and demanded Nelson be fired. The Knights consulted with their pastor, who agreed that terminating Nelson was appropriate.

Knight fired Nelson and gave her one month’s severance. He later told Nelson’s husband that he worried he was getting too personally attached and feared he would eventually try to start an affair with her.
Nelson was stunned because she viewed the 53-year-old Knight as a father figure and had never been interested in starting a relationship, Fiedler said.

Nelson filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, arguing she would not have been terminated if she was male. She did not allege sexual harassment because Knight’s conduct may not have risen to that level and didn’t particularly offend her, Fiedler said.
Knight argued Nelson was fired not because of her gender, but because her continued employment threatened his marriage. A district judge agreed, dismissing the case before trial, and the high court upheld that ruling.

Mansfield noted that Knight had an all-female workforce and Nelson was replaced by a woman.
He said the decision was in line with state and federal court rulings that found workers can be fired for relationships that cause jealousy and tension within a business owner’s family. One such case from the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a business owner’s firing of a valued employee who was seen by his wife as a threat to their marriage. In that case, the fired employee had engaged in flirtatious conduct.

Knight’s attorney, Stuart Cochrane, said the court got it right. The decision clarified that bosses can make decisions showing favoritism to a family member without committing discrimination; in this case, by allowing Knight to honor his wife’s wishes to fire Nelson, he said.

“While there was really no fault on the part of Mrs. Nelson, it was just as clear the decision to terminate her was not related to the fact that she was a woman,” he said. “The motives behind Dr. Knight terminating Mrs. Nelson were quite clear: He did so to preserve his marriage.

“I don’t view this as a decision that was either pro-women or opposed to women rights at all. In my view, this was a decision that followed the appropriate case law.”

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WTF: Lottery Winner Claims Prize 6 Years After Hitting the Jackpot


My love don't cost a thing.

My love don’t cost a thing.

Andy Ashkar, a 34-year-old man from central New York, won a $5 million state lottery prize 6 years ago but waited to claim it until he was sure his fiancee married him for love.

Ashkar purchased a scratch-off ticket from his parents’ convenience store in 2006 and now says he will share the prize money with his brother.

Tickets for scratch-off games expire 1 year after a game is retired. Ashkar’s game had been retired last March and he claimed his ticket just 11 days before the prize was to expire.

Speaking of her husband’s winnings, Ashkar’s wife said “It’s crazy. Hard to believe. It’s still sinking in.”

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WTF: My Ass Makes Everything Better


Was She Improving on a Classic?

Carmen Tisch, 37, punched, scratched and slid her ass against a $30 million painting by abstract expressionist Clyfford Still at a Denver museum.

When something makes an impression on me, I like to leave my impression on it. I totally understand where’s she’s coming from… Or not.

Tisch pleaded guilty earlier this month to felony criminal mischief for striking at and leaning against the oil-on-canvas painting “1957-J No. 2″ at the Clyfford Still Museum.

After causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to the painting, an intoxicated Tisch then pulled down her pants, slid her buttocks against the painting and urinated on the museum floor, prosecutors said.

The show floor is not the place to express yourself. Not like that anyway.

That is one hell of a bad trip she was on. I’ve seen people try to throw up & poop in places they really shouldn’t be when they’re buzzed.

A judge sentenced Tisch to two years probation and she must also undergo mental health treatment and receive help for alcohol dependency as a condition of her sentence. She may still face a restitution hearing.

The North Dakota-born Still was considered one of the most influential post-World War Two American abstract expressionist artists.

Still died in 1980, and Denver officials worked for decades with his widow, Patricia, to secure a single-artist museum featuring his works. When she died in 2005, she bequeathed her husband’s collection to the city.

Four of his works were auctioned by Sotheby’s for $114 million to endow the museum, which opened in late 2011.

Jennifer “JLo” Lopez’s ass is literally worth (insured for) $27 million, something tells me that Carmen Tisch’s ass isn’t.

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WTF: This Is How A Drinking Problem Starts


I should come here more often.

I should come here more often.

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WTF: This Is Not A Humble Brag


Don't Brag About It.

Don’t Brag About It.

In Britain, Michael Ruse, 21, was found guilty of assaulting a friend’s 55-year-old father with a baseball bat and baton after bragging about the trial on Facebook.

Ruse believed the 2 week trial was going in his favor and began posting on Facebook that he thought he would get away with it.

As the jury prepared to deliberate a verdict, an anonymous person submitted copies of Ruse’s Facebook postings and he was forced to change his plea to guilty.  

The judge considered the Facebook postings a confession to the crime. Ruse continued to post online that he thought the judge was stuck up shortly before his sentencing.

Ruse, who had previous convictions of assault and criminal damage, was sentenced to nearly a year in prison, a 2-year suspension and a 6-month curfew from 7pm to 7am.

Ruse’s friend, Terry Reeve, also participated in the attack on his own father and was found guilty of assault and criminal damage. Reeve was sententenced to 1 year and 2 months in prison.

The father suffered cuts to the head and bruises throughout his body.

Source: SkimThat.com

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