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Smells like trouble at Detroit planning agency

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A Detroit planning department employee has sued the city, claiming a co-worker’s perfume made it impossible for her to work. The co-worker, who transferred into the department a year ago, wore strong perfume and used a room deodorizer.
    The co-worker agreed to pull the plug on the room deodorizer, but drew the line at going unscented. The lawsuit seeks a ban on personal scents, claiming protection under the ADA.
    Advice: Chemical sensitivity is an ADA-recognized disability. Treat employee complaints about odors or chemicals in the workplace accordingly.
    Final note: Will companies with retail outlets have to limit the scents they release into public spaces? Is it the end of the perfume counter as we know it? 

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