Detroit City Employees Told to Moderate Their Scents

Reacting to a recently settled lawsuit, the city of Detroit will soon post signs in three city buildings asking employees to limit their use of scented products. The city recently settled a claim brought by a city a employee who claimed her co-worker’s perfume made it hard for her to breathe because of breathing sensitivities. The employee brought her claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

At first, the city fought the employee’s claim and said she was not disabled. The parties, however, recently reached a $100,000 settlement. In reaction to the suit, the city will place signs in three city buildings that ask employees to refrain from ". . . wearing scented products, including … colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, body/face lotions … (and) the use of scented candles, perfume samples from magazines, spray or solid air fresheners . . . ."

Detroit city employees discouraged from wearing strong scents | Detroit Free Press


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