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Secondhand smoke leads to multimillion-dollar penalty

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If your workplace still allows smoking, consider this: A New York jury awarded $5.27 million to a sales director of a modeling firm who claimed that secondhand smoke subjected her to a hostile work environment and then led to her firing based on her asthma (a disability). The employee claimed the company violated New York's human rights law by not accommodating her disability and retaliated against her after she complained about smoke in the office. (Gallegos v. Elite Model Management, N.Y.Sup Ct., 2003)

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