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Worker’s body odor requires prompt diplomacy

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Q. We have an employee with an increasing body odor problem. The problem is so bad that co-workers are complaining about having to interact with her. We need to discuss the problem with the employee. Are there any legal issues that we need to be concerned about? —T.M., Texas

A. Although legal issues can lurk in body odor cases, it sounds like you have a diplomacy issue instead. Try to have your discussion with her sooner rather than later to avoid the development of legal issues that could complicate the case. Sometimes, increasing strain among co-workers can lead to harassment and other legal claims. Many companies have dress codes and grooming policies, which can serve as a good starting point for the discussion.

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