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.”

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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.

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