U.S. District Judge Lawrence P. Zatkoff has ruled that a lawsuit by Susan McBride, a Detroit planner, can go to trial on allegations that a co-worker’s perfume made it difficult to breathe and work. The claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act could produce a major new precedent for people claiming chemical sensitivity in working around anyone with cologne or perfume.
City attorney Grant Ha argued in a June court filing that “there is no medical diagnosis of the alleged condition,” and that McBride “is not disabled because she is not substantially impaired in a major life activity.”
Various employers are now moving to create fragrance free workplaces. Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, has asked its employees and students to refrain voluntarily from wearing scented products. Likewise, Alacrity Ventures, a Berkeley, California-based venture-capital firm, not only encourages its employees to go fragrance-free but also uses only unscented janitorial products. Click here.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) can result from various chemicals beyond simply perfume and cologne.
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