A new lawsuit may mean you might need to bypass that spray of Chanel No. 5 — and your other favorite scented products — before you head off to work.
Detroit city employee Susan McBride has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Detroit claiming her work environment violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. McBride says that the perfume of a co-worker made her ill causing her to miss work and seek medical treatment.
McBride is seeking a ban on scented products at work as well as damages.
FOX wants to know that YOU think — Do you think there should be a ban on scents in the workplace? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check back later to read responses!
Here's what FOX Fans are saying:
"Absolutely not. What is this world coming to? She should let the person know in a nice manner that the perfume she is wearing is making her ill. It seems to me they can have a three-way talk with the boss and resolve this with out lawyers, or coming up with another stupid law." Bob (WA)
"I think people should use common sense. Not only in the workplace but also in other areas that are confined, such as airplanes. One doesn't have to be extra-sensitive to experience nauseating reactions to heavy perfume. Each workplace should establish their own policies regarding this issue. I think that most reasonable people would cooperate with them." Barbara (Lancaster, PA)
"Yes, there absolutely needs to be a ban on perfumes and strong scents in the work place. Many people are extremely sensitive to and react severely with asthma and allergic reactions to the chemicals in these scents. It is discrimination against a person who has chemical sensitivities when an employer allows the use of strong scents in the workplace. These scents, which are really chemicals, can be life threatening to the asthmatic and allergic." C.
"You've got to be kidding me! An attorney will represent her? They're looking for money and attention in any way, shape or form. Absurd!" Mary (MI)
"Absolutely! Unwanted aromas should be strictly prohibited. They should not even be sold for that matter." D.
"Let me assure you that this is not a matter of 'getting along.' These allergic reactions to perfume are very real for people like myself and my family. When I'm around perfume or the cleaning aisle at the grocery store, I sneeze, cough, eyes water and the smell of people's perfume lays on my tongue and believe it or not, I taste it all day long! It certainly can't be helped and why should I suffer all day long in an office when perfume is not a required necessity, like clothing?" Pam
"I am scent-sensitive (I get migraines when I am around perfume, household cleaners or anything with a really strong smell like scented lotions), but I don't think there needs to be a law against scented products. Did she try asking her co-workers to dial down on the perfume? Give me a break. My co-workers have been nice enough to wear less perfume or less smelly lotion when I explained my problem." K.