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Old 03-16-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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Perfume wearers.

This is just what the city of Detroit needs to be spending money and time on.

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Updated: Monday, 15 Mar 2010, 9:38 PM EDT
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DETROIT - Perfume has a sweet smell, but it hit a sour note in one Detroit office, and pretty soon fragrances will be banned in some city buildings.

Don't hold your breath. It's just a matter of time before wearing strong perfumes, colognes, creams and deodorants will be a no-no for city employees in three buildings.

"If your deodorant isn't mild enough, you'll do well to do an unscented deodorant," said attorney John Holmquist, who has read the entire settlement between the city and the plaintiff.

Susan McBride is the employee who helped create the new policy. Working in Detroit's Planning Department, she asked repeatedly a fellow employee to stop wearing strong perfume and to get rid of a plug-in air freshener. When she felt the city didn't act quickly enough to stop it, she sued. They settled for $100,000, but have you ever heard of such a thing?

"To have it be perfume, to have it be a plug-in scent, and to have the parties be unable to work it out really is kind of unprecedented," Holmquist said.

It's just a matter of time, Holmquist says, before other people start smelling a lawsuit in their offices, too. This one opens up a can of worms all because of a bottle of perfume.

"Certainly when it comes to fragrances and odors, and, I think, most employers should say, 'Look. We're all adults. Why can't we use a rule of reason.' That would seem to be the best way," said Holmquist.

Now, employees will have to wear deodorants and soaps that are lightly scented or with no scent at all and ax the colognes and perfumes, but who makes sense of which fragrances are fuming and which ones are fair?

"It's in the nose of the beholder, really," Holmquist said. "There's no enforcement mechanism, and there's no mechanism to really set a standard about what if you feel that your scent is okay not withstanding what the supervisor feels."

A lawyer for the city of Detroit says these new rules will go into effect very soon for people who work in the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Cadillac Square building or the National City building.

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As reported by the Associated Press, a Detroit city employee is suing the city over a co-worker's perfume. Susan McBride is suing the city in hopes that they will accommodate her sensitivity to perfumes and cosmetics.

The lawsuit ,filed by Susan McBride in U.S. District court in Detroit states that the department of city planning office in which she is employed is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She claims that in addition to wearing a strong personal fragrance that made her sick enough to leave the office , her co-worker also utilized a plug-in air freshener. The unnamed co-worker had allegedly agreed to discontinue the use of the plug -in air freshener but refused to do without perfume.

McBride, who is looking to have the workplace ban the use of such items to accommodate her sensitivity to them is also seeking undisclosed damages as well. She has had to take time off of work, has required medical treatment for her illness, and has also had to suspend the fertility treatment she had been undergoing due to the medications she has needed to take resulting from the sensitivity.

McBride has also claimed that her illness had started about a year ago when the co-worker was transferred into the planning department. McBride had been employed in the city's planning department originally in 2000 and had no such complaints until last year.

The first lawsuit of this nature paid out an award of $814,000 which had been reduced from an original $10.6 million verdict. The amount had been reduced due to the fact evidence could not conclude that the plaintiff did in fact suffer from a perfume allergy. WYCD FM had been the defendant in that matter.

City spokesman Matt Allen declined to comment on the lawsuit, as the city refrains from doing so in matters involving personnel or litigation.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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This information does not bring me pleasure.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:15 AM   #3
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:17 AM   #4
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What ever happened to people leaving if they don't like current conditions? Now they are getting paid? Ugh. I need to sue my job for potentially making me sick. (hospital)
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:19 AM   #5
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I have strong opinions about this which are diametrically opposed to those of Matt K!
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:22 AM   #6
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my uncle has a policy in his office (Chiropractor) that his patients (are) should not apply perfume prior to entering the facility due to the allergies of others. He is a very respected doctor in the community, so nobody has any issues with this policy.

but a lawsuit... come on America. Stop trying to make a quick buck to buy that Benz and crash it in a year.

They've done studies, you know. 60% of the time it works, every time.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:23 AM   #7
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they just need to make a gauge that is available to older women with lessened senses of smell to judge where "normal" is.. because normal isn't where they begin to smell it and think it's normal.

Worked at a petstore, we had ferrets.
I'm holding a ferret because that's fun to do when you have a stockpile of ferrets. Older woman wearing an offensive amount of liz taylor's white diamonds comes in. Asks to hold ferret.. ferret goes into sneezing fit.

"oh, he seems to have a cold"

umyeah lady.. or a sensitive sense of smell.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:25 AM   #8
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One of the maintenance guys here sprays on that Axe **** while he's at work. He leaves a trail wherever he goes, it's gross.

Not to mention most of the residents in this building are old women that where that nasty as hell expensive old woman perfume. Makes me gag.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:36 AM   #9
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As someone with a light, non-offensive natural odor I'm all for it. T0o smelly to go to work without dousing yourself with Eau de Toilet? Get a job at a meat processing plant. Or be prepared to pay me 10.6 million dollars. muhahaa!
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:40 AM   #10
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On the one hand, I don't really see this as lawsuit worthy. On the other hand, we have people who are either inconsiderate or devoid of a sense of smell who come into work wearing so much perfume/cologne that you can smell them across the building and their scent lingers for hours after they leave the room.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:40 AM   #11
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DIAMETRICALLY!!

I don't like strong perfume. But this **** is retarded. If you can't resolve a dispute like this without resorting to lawsuits and changes in municipal government policy, you need a smack in the mouth.

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I think we need laws!

And designated smelling zones outside and 300 feet away from the doors.
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one smack in the mouth, coming right up!
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:52 AM   #14
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This should also be applied to people who microwave/consume large amounts of curry-infused food at work and/or do not wear deodorant or bathe once a day.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:15 AM   #15
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As someone with a light, non-offensive natural odor I'm all for it. T0o smelly to go to work without dousing yourself with Eau de Toilet? Get a job at a meat processing plant. Or be prepared to pay me 10.6 million dollars. muhahaa!
Everyone has a light, non-offensive natural odor to themselves. It most likely isn't perceived the same way by others. Put on some deodorant you disgusting stinky hippie.

And, yes, this is just the next thing in line. People were offended by the smell of cigarette smoke so they have gotten it banned pretty much everywhere. Now begins the perfume and cologne. Good job anti-smokers.
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:21 AM   #16
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I'm holding a ferret because that's fun to do when you have a stockpile of ferrets.
Is this how one groups ferrets? Flocks of birds, herds of cows, stockpiles of ferrets?

I have learned something today.
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it's, "oodles of ferrets".
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:27 AM   #18
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This should also be applied to people who microwave/consume large amounts of curry-infused food at work and/or do not wear deodorant or bathe once a day.
No ****. I really don't like choking on the smell of BO and spicy food when I'm within 10 feet of some people.

But, I do love a good perfume.

Anyway, this dumb bitch who sued may have gotten $100K now, but she's probably ****ed up her future employability pretty well. Who would hire someone who sues for "perfume in the workplace"?
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if she's got a disability, where are the doctor prescriptions for medication to deal with her condition? where are the doctor's orders to walk around with a SARS mask? if it was hazardous to her health, she could've suggested protective equipment be made available. where are those written requests?

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Anyway, this dumb bitch who sued may have gotten $100K now, but she's probably ****ed up her future employability pretty well. Who would hire someone who sues for "perfume in the workplace"?
Wrong. She works for the government. You can't get rid of people out of the government.
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Wrong. She works for the government. You can't get rid of people out of the government.
That's great as long as she wants to work in the same job forever.
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There's no good reason to wear cologne/perfume in the workplace, period.

Save it for the club, you inconsiderate jackholes.
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I'm allergic to perfume. Still, I let the ladies wear some, it helps with the sales.
But no office stinkers, they will be sent home.
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That's great as long as she wants to work in the same job forever.
Why the hell else do you work for the government?
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Old 03-16-2010, 11:19 AM   #25
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What about some of the curry smelling douches that don't wear deoderant or perfumes? That is some raunchy ish.
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