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The holidays are almost here and although we love displaying our new goodies – especially perfumes, scented candles and gingerbread body lotions – being given to us from friends and family, we still must take into consideration those around us.

Why?

According to our client, Fisher & Phillips LLP, a national labor and employment law firm with an office in Phoenix:

Asthma.

Fragrance sensitivity.

Allergies.

“Different types of fragrances can cause breathing issues, hives and rashes. If a person suffering from these types of reactions notifies their boss and nothing is done to accommodate them, a lawsuit can be filed and in some cases, won,” said Shayna Balch, a Phoenix attorney with Fisher & Phillips.

A lawsuit because of the way you smell? You bet!

But it doesn’t have to come to that. Below, Balch provides some basic accommodations to consider if something smells fishy in the office:

  • Test and/or improve the overall air quality in the office
  • Modify work schedules
  • Provide air purification systems for sensitive employees

In some instances, an employer may have no other choice but to develop a “No Fragrance” policy in the workplace, but it doesn’t have to come to that.

“Be respectful of the person with the sensitivity. Protecting his/her noses protects everyone in the office, including you,” said Balch.

Happy holidays – and only one dose of body spray, please!

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

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