Here we are on the weekend before Christmas and the Iowa Supreme
Court handed us an early “gift” Before I explain what the gift was, let
me take you back in time to when Bobby Darin was still performing and he
sag the following words:
“WelI … I don’t know what you got But
it’s got me and baby I’m hooked Like a fish in the sea. You make angles
call from above. You could make the Devil fall in love. An-a … who-o-o
wouldn’t fall for irresistible you.”
Over the past several decades
we have seen the requirements for our talent acquisition efforts become
more difficult. We have to be sure that the job requirements are bona
fide occupational qualifications – in other words the requirements for
the job actually meet the skills needed to perform the duties of the
position. We can’t tell someone that we will not hire them based on gun
ownership, sexual orientation, age, religious beliefs, where we came
from or health status. Now the Iowa Supreme Court adds a new twist.
the case before them, a Dentist had hired a dental technician a decade
ago. He admitted to his wife that he could not keep his eyes off of her.
The wife’s response was that either she goes or I do. The Dentist fired
The Iowa Supreme Court decided that it is perfectly legal to
fire someone who is irresistible . Now let me get this straight,
everyone of us whether male or female has walked into a work environment
and found that employee who is stunningly attractive. In the majority
of cases we may not take any actions on those beliefs but it now
becomes, at least in Iowa, grounds for taking away someones livelihood.
Not because she or he has done anything wrong but because their
appearance can jeopardize a marriage. So does that mean going forward we
need to add to the job description that an individual cannot be too
attractive for fear of distracting the workplace? We are not talking
about a worker undergoing sexual harassment, we are talking about a
worker who just plain looks too good.
I apologize to HR.net for stealing his format. Steve I promise it is a one time only event.