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Problem at work with ‘perfume’ bullies

I have diabetes, which has led to my immune system going

Asked on January 22, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Texas

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Try contacting the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) first, before suing the employer (which you could do): the EEOC enforces anti-employment discrimination laws, including the laws barring discrimination or harassment on the basis of disabilities or medical conditions. An employer must make "reasonable accommodations" to employee medical conditions on being provided notice of them and a request for accommodations; barring perfume or cologne at work should be a reasonable accommodation, since it is not too expensive or disruptive to the employer. Since they are refusing to address this issue--which they can; just like employers can set dress and grooming codes, they can ban scents at work, so they have the power to address this--they may be liable for violating the law. See if the EEOC can help you first--their help is free. If they can't help, then you could file a lawsuit.


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