Lawyer asks Iowa court to reconsider sex bias case

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The attorney for a dental assistant fired after her boss became too attracted to her is asking for the Iowa Supreme Court to rule on the case for a third time.

The all-male court Friday dismissed a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by Melissa Nelson against Fort Dodge dentist James Knight, ruling her termination was lawful. It was the same outcome as the court's decision from December but a different rationale.

Nelson's attorney, Paige Fiedler, asked the court Tuesday to again reconsider the ruling and allow a trial. Fiedler says in a brief the justices wrongly concluded that Nelson had a "consensual personal relationship" with Knight that justified her firing.

Fiedler says a jury could conclude their relationship was ordinary, and she wouldn't have been fired but for her good looks.

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