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Detroit Nixes Perfume and Lotion For Workers

No Perfume Allowed, Says the Motor City

Want to work for the city of Detroit? You'd better not have an odor — any odor. After the Motor City recently paid out $100,000 in settlement money to an employee who said her co-worker's perfume made it difficult for her to do her job, everybody working for the city will now be urged to avoid "colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, [and] body/face lotions." Also verboten: scented candles, perfume samples from magazines, and air fresheners.

We recently asked you about what you do when there's a strong fragrance in the workplace, and most of you weren't fans of scented colleagues. But given that deodorant, face lotion, and magazine perfume strips are being embargoed, are Michiganders going too far? Or is this response a logical measure to what's proven to be a pricey issue for a cash-strapped city?

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BellaH68 BellaH68 7 years
Yet another case of our rights being flushed down the drain to turn us into one big synergystic soceity full of clones. Its sickening. Will they ban pollen in the air next? How about grass? I'm allergic to both and if it bothers me, I POP AN EFFIN BENADRYL AND CARRY ON!
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 7 years
I wouldn't bring Youth Dew into this... I'm sure it was probably one of the massive fruity florals that are so popular these days. The thought of heavily worn Pink Sugar in a warm room makes me sick. People make me sick in most cases, but not perfume. Open the window! She could have stuck her head out the window anytime. Maybe this person was smell blind and didn't know they were wearing too much perfume?
Beauty Beauty 7 years
I'm assuming people will still be able to use deodorant, but the city's covering its arse by saying that's not allowed. So if someone else complains about fragrance, the city can go to the stinker and say, "Well, as you know, our rules say X, so you must stop wearing Old Spice." Still, while I think the law is overkill, I really cannot stand smelling someone's fragrance unless I'm within a foot of them. It's too much for my nose.
GummiBears GummiBears 7 years
I don't know why that lawsuit ever saw the day of light. Honestly, this could have been nipped in the bud and saved the city money that they don't have by issuing a city memo or relocated the employee to another section if possible. Sometimes I get sick to my stomach on how litigious our society has become.
Zivanod Zivanod 7 years
The city should just be urging employees to use unscented colognes, aftershave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, [and] body/face lotions and not denying their use altogether.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
wow! seriously?
Rosay77 Rosay77 7 years
The "no deodorant" part is absolutely disgusting. I would much rather smell a parfum than B.O.
KadBunny KadBunny 7 years
LMAO Anon 7. :D I'm kind of torn on this. Perhaps if they banned specific perfumes like say half the Victoria's Secret line, then I would be on board. But this is a bit much.
dinghy dinghy 7 years
Are they "urging" people to avoid these things or are they actually forbidding them?
EmilieLove EmilieLove 7 years
I can see perfume being banned, but deodorant? Yeah, that's not going to work out too well.
franceslopez franceslopez 7 years
Why couldn't they have just instructed the 'offending' co-worker to lay off the Youth Dew and told the complainant to man up?? $100000! There's a Less Than Fresh homeless man in my area and I got nothin'! Also, no deodorant? Yeah, I can see this one working out really well.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 7 years
I have scent sensitivities and I work in SEPHORA! For crying out loud, people need to stop being such babies. Maybe some people need to lay off of the Angel or Alien, but banning scented face creams is really overkill.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I'm with Girl Jen, no one will know if you're wearing deodorant. There are also unscented deodorant options if someone working for the city of Detroit is that paranoid. In fact, many things (lotions, soaps, deodorants) come in unscented options.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
I doubt city officials are going to be sniffing armpits. Deodorants and lotions are only noticeable if they have a strong scent. I'm wearing scented deodorant right now, and nobody knows it but me.
runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 7 years
i agree with onlysourcherry... they are inviting some of the worst kind of odor.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
deodorant is outlawed??? That would seem to do more harm than good...
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