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.
Practice AreasLabor, Employment, Employee Benefits and ERISA