Posted on March 15, 2010

Go Scentless, Workers Warned After Lawsuit

MSNBC, March 15, 2010

Change is in the air for Detroit city workers.

City employees will be urged not to wear perfume, cologne or aftershave as a result of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

Officials plan to place warning placards in three city buildings. The signs will warn workers to avoid “wearing scented products, including . . . colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, body/face lotions . . . (and) the use of scented candles, perfume samples from magazines, spray or solid air fresheners.”


The Detroit News reports the move stems from a $100,000 settlement in a federal lawsuit filed in 2008 by a city employee who said a colleague’s perfume made it challenging for her to do her job.