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New Allergic employee seeks perfume ban at work
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An office worker for the US city of Detroit is suing for her colleagues to be banned from wearing perfume which gives her such severe headaches, nausea and coughing fits that she must leave work.

Court documents showed Thursday that Susan McBride suffered so acutely from allergy to the chemicals in scents, lotions and sprays that she had to go home sick when a heavily perfumed co-worker shared her office at the city's historic districts department.

Now she is seeking a jury trial to make the city force fellow employees to come to work un-scented, citing disability discrimination laws. She is claiming unspecified damages for "pain, suffering, humiliation and outrage" suffered.

I'm not sure what to make of this. This is the sort of situation where it gets very hard to draw the line. How far can you go in forcing other to change their lives to adjust to your disability?

Jay
New Doesn't seem much different from a peanut allergy
Not as deadly, maybe (depends on her reactions), but they certainly ask people not to bring peanut stuff to schools with allergic children.

The sad thing is you'd think the co-worker would just do the right thing.
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New Gah.
OK, she's allergic. OK, there may be a case to ask co-workers to tone it down (but not altogether - that's too much).

Asking for damages? Fuck you and the ambulance-chasing shitbag of a lawyer you rode in on, you grasping turd.


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New Agreed.
Although, like I said, if it's that bad a reaction you'd think her officemate would give the perfume bath a rest.
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New That's assuming it *is* that bad (new thread)
Created as new thread #288388 titled [link|/forums/render/content/show?contentid=288388|That's assuming it *is* that bad]


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New To me it the same as being
suck in the elevator with the smokers coming in from their smoke break. Gack, cough, hack, wheeze.
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New People smell. Get over it.
If they're smoking in the lift, that's a different thing.


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New Bullsh*t
You may smell.
I may smell.

And either of us would be justly fired if we smelled so bad that we couldn't share an office space with someone else.

Unless we had a medical problem that caused us to smell badly no matter how hard we tried to control it. Then it might be covered by the ADA, in which case (in the US at least) it would be up to the employer to try to provide reasonable accomodations.

Which of course opens up another can of worms. What is "reasonable"?

But back to this issue.

I can't deal with Estee Lauder cosmetics. Hairspray is the worst, but pretty much anything from them is bad. When I am in a room with someone wearing anything manufactured by them I starts to wheeze and my throat feels like I'm gargling glass. So I assume I'm allergic to something within them that is common across to all those I've been exposed to.

So based on your stupid comment, I merely should choke it down and "Get over it".

Asshole.
New Yes, you should.


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New Thanks for the confirmation
New Whatever.
Neener, I'm rubber, you're glue, etc.

*awaits next playground taunt from twinkle-nostrils*


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New Oh, grow up.
New No.
You're not MY mother.


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New Go to your room
You can come out when you can behave.
New No, its not a different thing
Toxins and irritants from cigarette smoke settle in hair and clothing and can cause severe reactions in asthmatics and people with sensitivities when exposed to this. You dont need to be blowing smoke in someone's face to trigger a reaction. At work, if I have a child admitted for asthma, the first thing I ask is if there are smokers in the home. Doesnt matter if they smoke outside. If they want their kid to get better, they have to quit smoking or have no physical contact with their child. Pick your poison, but dont poison your child.

Perfume and cleaning products are an irritant from many people. Whether people are actually allergic to fragrances is up for debate, but the symptoms are real. Wheezing, itching, burning eyes, burning mucus membranes, headache, nausea, vomiting. Sometimes fragrance can trigger migraines, or even an anaphylaxis reaction.

So yeah, people smell. But it's not our natural organic odors that make people sick. (usually).
New Wow, are you ever wrong. Too bad...
...you have to be an arsehole about it too.

"Crazy" is right, you are wrong. STFU, go away and learn better, come back when you know WTF you're talking about.


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New he is british, stink is a way of life
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New All the smelliest people I have ever encountered...
...I encountered in NYC.


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New Or was that NYC itself?
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New I would say not.
NYC absolutely did not strike me as a stinky city, other than the usual things that befoul such population density, namely diesel exhaust, food places not to my taste et al. Even the swamps and industry out near Secaucus didn't smell. And I definitely didn't encounter any noxiously unwashed persons, even in the 35C heat, though there were quite a few beggers about.

I have had smelly experiences in Tokyo, though, of the uncovered sewage variety.

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New NYC didn't pong as much as Philly did.
Although both were a bit niffy to my Yourpeon nose.


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New I'll be developing a bit of a complex now, thank you.
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New I gather you haven't been to France.
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     Allergic employee seeks perfume ban at work - (JayMehaffey) - (22)
         Doesn't seem much different from a peanut allergy - (admin) - (21)
             Gah. - (pwhysall) - (20)
                 Agreed. - (admin) - (11)
                     That's assuming it *is* that bad (new thread) - (pwhysall)
                     To me it the same as being - (jbrabeck) - (9)
                         People smell. Get over it. - (pwhysall) - (8)
                             Bullsh*t - (crazy) - (6)
                                 Yes, you should. -NT - (pwhysall) - (5)
                                     Thanks for the confirmation -NT - (crazy) - (4)
                                         Whatever. - (pwhysall) - (3)
                                             Oh, grow up. -NT - (Lily) - (2)
                                                 No. - (pwhysall) - (1)
                                                     Go to your room - (Lily)
                             No, its not a different thing - (Lily)
                 Wow, are you ever wrong. Too bad... - (CRConrad) - (7)
                     he is british, stink is a way of life -NT - (boxley) - (6)
                         All the smelliest people I have ever encountered... - (pwhysall) - (5)
                             Or was that NYC itself? -NT - (folkert) - (3)
                                 I would say not. - (static) - (2)
                                     NYC didn't pong as much as Philly did. - (pwhysall) - (1)
                                         I'll be developing a bit of a complex now, thank you. -NT - (bepatient)
                             I gather you haven't been to France. -NT - (a6l6e6x)

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