Woman sues over fragrance headaches at work

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Here's a news story that will be near and dear to the hearts of Migraineurs who have had to endure Migraines at work that were triggered by coworkers who insist on wearing heavy fragances to work...

    Susan McBride, a woman who works for the City of Detroit is suing for a ban on employees wearing perfume to work because of allergies to perfume that cause her headaches, nausea, and coughing so severe that she has to leave work.

    Like many of us, McBride avoids perfume and detergent sections in stores and can't sit close to people on the bus or in movie theaters if they're wearing perfume.

    According to a complaint filed in the district court in Detroit, a coworker refused to not wear perfume to work, and the result was McBride needing medical attention and time off work. At one point, the woman not only wore perfume, but plugged in a scented room deodorizer. She agreed to stop using the room deodorizer, but not her perfume.
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    Citing disability discimination laws, McBride has requested a jury trial and is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for "pain, suffering, humiliation, and outrage" suffered.

    Here's wishing Ms. McBride good luck with her lawsuit. If she wins her suit, perhaps it will set a precedent that will make life a bit easier for the rest of us.
Published On: July 05, 2007