Edwards appealed, and in 2017 the appeals panel overturned the earlier ruling.
One of the judges in the appeals trial, Judge David Friedman wrote that Edwards was fired because Nicolai's business partner believed he was sexually attracted to Edwards.
[Dilek] was fired for no reason other than Adam's belief that Nicolai was sexually attracted to her...This states a cause of action for gender discrimination under New York State Human Rights Law.
The appeals panel's decision therefore overturns an earlier ruling by a court in the state of Iowa.
A similar case in 2013 in the state of Iowa had OK'd a male dentist's reason to fire his hygienist, on the grounds that she was an 'irresistible attraction'.
Maimon Kirschenbaum, Edward's lawyer in the 'cute' case, told the New York Post that this is the first time that firing a woman because you might be attracted to her, was considered grounds for discrimination.