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Do You Need To Ban Personal Fragrances When An Employee Requests An ADA Accommodation?

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When an employee has an extreme sensitivity to fragrances, resolving the issue is made more difficult by the fact that, in order to help him/her, you must typically ask for other staff members' cooperation in refraining from wearing scents in the workplace. Find out how you can help an allergic employee and overcome other employees' resistance.

 

Is The ADA In Play?

Severe allergies may rise to the level of a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). So the first thing you need to do is find out whether your employee has a disability. Apply the same principles you do to other disability accommodation requests.

  • Ask for certification that shows the sensitivity impairs a major life activity.
  • Discuss accommodation options with the employee.
  • Determine whether any of the options can be implemented without posing an undue hardship.

If an employee does have an ADA-protected disability, an employer ...(register to read more)

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Moniica Nodine April 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Monica, hope you can read this. I’ll be sending more, but this is a start.

Efren

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