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.
First, let me say that I actually commend this guy for being honest about his feelings to his wife as well as his employee and her husband. I can also imagine what it would be like to find out that my husband has a crush on his employee and not be comfortable with it.
I've also found myself in similar situations where my boss's wife was uncomfortable with me even though I did nothing wrong.
So I understand this story from all angles, but....
I cannot believe for the life in me that a court would accept this dismissal. In BC this would have never happened. You need 'just cause' to fire someone and it would have to be based on their work performance, not the boss's personal sexual weaknesses. The employee would need to be warned in writing and given a chance to prove improve their work performance.
It's incredible that she would be denied her case for wrongful dismal. Especially after 10 years of working for someone.
ETA - and the link http://www.huffingto...anada&ir=Canada