I was, personally, appalled at this decision and am hoping that it will be appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court where a more rational decision may be made.
The very idea that someone's employment could be endangered because the employer was attracted to them, is absurd. This is the employer's problem and if he/she is too immature to keep their thoughts and their deeds separate, then the employer needs serious help. Self control is something that each of us must master in order to become a mature, productive, adult human being. The very idea that one cannot control their lust is just ridiculous and that the employee should pay for this is worse.
I think the employer should not only be unable to fire for this cause but should be punished. To take away someone's ability to earn a living is beyond tragic. This employee did nothing wrong and had worked for many years. Does this mean that this person cannot be around anyone to whom he is attracted without acting on that attraction?
If this were my spouse, I would be very worried because this behavior means my spouse is immature and unfeeling and cannot control himself. What a horrible person to be married to.
All of us have cravings. We do not need to act on these cravings. We need to see them as the negative emotions that they are, put them in their place and go about our business. This failing is entirely the employers. Based on this logic, all attractive people should probably be maimed to avoid their being a temptation to others.
I cannot understand this decision except that it took place in the midwest where all sorts of idiotic, backward ideas are still tolerated. Thankfully, I do not live there.