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American workplaces could easily be called “Allergy Central Station.” Consider these eye-popping numbers:
With scent allergies and asthma affecting such a large portion of the workforce, it's no surprise that employers are faced with the challenge of accommodating such conditions.
But that responsibility goes beyond just making employees comfortable. New ADA regulations make it easier for employees to file disability claims for allergies and other scent-related conditions. A Michigan court awarded a Detroit planning department employee $100,000 when she claimed a coworker’s strong fragrance prohibited her from working. In addition to the award, the city will also have to post notices in other buildings, asking employees not to wear scents to work.
Learn how to deal with demands for a scent-free, allergen-free workplace. Participate in this interactive webinar, and you’ll learn:
In just 90 minutes, you'll get the facts behind asthma and allergy sensitivities and when these ailments are considered disabilities under the ADA. Order now!
Attorney Marc L. Jacuzzi is a shareholder at the South San Francisco-based law firm of Simpson, Garrity, Innes & Jacuzzi P.C. Mr. Jacuzzi has broad experience in employment law matters. He has represented numerous employers as defendants in civil rights actions, including claims under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, and other state discrimination statutes; trade secret misappropriation claims, wage claims, and wrongful termination claims; and more.