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Katherine Cser, labor and employment, quoted in Hour Magazine article about the legal implications of wearing scents in the workplace

April 15, 2018

From Hour Media: "Be Careful Before You Spritz Your Perfume – You Could Be Breaking the Law ... According to a local court ruling, overpowering fragrances are an infraction of the Americans with Disabilities Act" By Elizabeth Swanson // Illustration by Emily Flake - excerpt:

Before you apply your signature perfume tomorrow, check the employee handbook. Since McBride v. City of Detroit, a 2008 case that recognized fragrance sensitivities and allergies as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, some employers have enacted scent-free policies to accommodate those intolerant to certain fragrances. “I’ve heard of several cases,” says Katherine Cser, a labor and employment lawyer at Kerr, Russell, and Weber PLC. “You have to be diplomatic about how you communicate the message. You don’t want to call anyone out, but explain that you want to create an environment that’s safe and comfortable for every employee.” More.


Katherine Cser focuses her practice on labor and employment issues. She counsels and advises business owners, managers and human resources professionals on workplace issues including discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour laws, medical leave laws, among other concerns. She has also practiced as a commercial litigator on a wide variety of commercial disputes in federal and state courts and arbitral proceedings.  Katherine has experience in commercial transactions litigation, as well as restrictive covenants and intellectual property and related tort claims.

Before joining Kerr Russell, Katherine was an attorney in the New York City office of a national law firm.  In 2014 and 2015, she was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list.  In 2016 and 2017, Katherine was named to the Michigan Super Lawyers' Rising Stars list.  

  • Katherine's article "The Real Estate Industry Must Be Cautious with Social Media" was published by the American Bar Association and can be reviewed here.
  • Katherine's article “Proposed Tip-Pooling Regulation: Impact on Restaurateurs” was published by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Employment and Labor Relations Law and can be viewed here.

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