A federal court did rule earlier this year that an employee with asthma and chemical sensitivity to scented products could pursue an Americans with Disabilities Act claim against her employer for not accommodating her disability, but her reactions to fragrance were fairly severe (difficulty breathing, eventually resulting in emergency medical treatment).
(And note the case hasn’t been decided at trial yet; she’s simply been cleared to proceed under the ADA.) But your daughter probably doesn’t want to have to pursue this legally anyway and would rather her office just help her out on this.
Some people take great offense to being told what personal products they can and can’t use. but your daughter should be prepared for a potential range of reactions. The key thing here, though, will be to stay away from framing other people’s scent choices as rude; she should frame it solely as a sensitivity issue on her side.
And if she can stick to how it affects her, sometimes simply explaining the problem to other people is all it takes (and of course, other times it’s not.) From a legal standpoint, how much she could push her office to take action probably comes down to how severely fragrances affect her.(Check your state and local laws for exceptions, which do exist and are usually centered on employee privacy or limitations for employers on prohibiting nonwork activities.) However, even if legal, banning any work romantic involvement can come with its own consequences.Many people meet at work before beginning a romantic relationship.When I was working it was understood that fragrances were not to be used, it was considered rude at the very least.offices that have implemented fragrance-free policies for reasons like this.
Short of banning all workplace dating, here are some other options that many employers choose: If an employer opts to implement any such dating policy, it’s important to enforce it fairly and consistently—not in a way that discriminates. Be sure to check your local and state laws and consult legal counsel when necessary.