He was definitely failing them, Cittasanto, yes!
The admirable thing about him is, though, that he realized this situation would only get worse and so it had to stop.
He had 2 options:
1. Give up being a dentist, close his practice, lay ALL staff off and cause them problems and throw his own family into poverty.
2. Lay off the assistant.
He chose the option that caused harm to as few people as possible.
It wasn't perfect, it's definitely harmful to the assistant, but at least she has a husband, as well as unemployment money and will be provided for until she finds as new job.
As I read in another article, the dentist sat down holding hands with his wife and spoke about everything with her and he also spoke with his priest. I understand he is a practicing Christian and by wanting a woman in his thoughts he is breaking the commandments, -is as good as adultery. Also, of course, if his wife feels the marriage is in jeopardy, he would take her fear seriously.
What he did was the result of these all these thoughts and conversations...
Of course I don't the details....so..who knows...