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That stinks! Don’t tolerate co-worker efforts to provoke fragrance sensitivity

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Some employees are sensitive to various chemicals such as perfumes and other strong smells. Accom­­­­mo­­dat­­ing the problem can be difficult, but it’s necessary if the condition rises to the level of a disability.

That can happen when the em­­ployee has to take time off from work because scents trigger headaches, burning and bleeding. That time off may be a reasonable accommodation under the ADA and may entitle the employee to intermittent FMLA leave.

Recent case: Christine worked as a credit manager for a decade, approving credit requests and collecting overdue balances. Her employer never complained about her work. She worked in a cubicle in an open office with many other credit managers.

Christine suffered from heightened sensitivity to perfumes, fragrant chemicals and lotions for more than 10 years, and her condition slowly became more debilitating.

When her co-workers’ use of perfumes and other fragrant products induc...(register to read more)

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