Workplace Scent Allergies And The ADA: Tips For Sniffing Out Your Compliance Obligations
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American workplaces could easily be called Allergy Central Station. Consider these eye-popping numbers:
- 60 million of us suffer from either asthma or allergies, or both
- An estimated 50 million are allergic to nuts, perfume, pollen, dust, dander, foods, drugs, latex, insects, and other items commonly found in the workplace
- Close to 20 million Americans have asthma - three times as many as 25 years ago
With scent allergies and asthma affecting such a large portion of the workforce, it's no surprise that employers are faced with the challenge of accommodating such conditions.
But that responsibility goes beyond just making employees comfortable. New ADA regulations make it easier for employees to file disability claims for allergies and other scent-related conditions. A Michigan court awarded a Detroit planning department employee $100,000 when she claimed a coworker's strong fragrance prohibited her from working. In addition to the award, the city will also have to post notices in other buildings, asking employees not to wear scents to work.
Learn how to deal with demands for a scent-free, allergen-free workplace. Participate in this interactive webinar, and you'll learn:
- The difference between fragrance sensitivity and allergies
- When one's scent-based ailments are likely protected under the ADA
- Practical strategies for accommodating scent-based allergies
- What you should never do when an employee with a scent allergy requests an accommodation
- Tips for handling interpersonal conflicts that may arise between coworkers when one's perfume or soap is allegedly making the other sick
- How to develop a policy on fragrances that passes the legal sniff test, including sample policy language to include
- Whether implementing a perfume-free workplace may be an accommodation you must make if requested
- Case studies involving organizations that have faced allergy and odor accommodation challenges
In just 90 minutes, you'll get the facts behind asthma and allergy sensitivities and when these ailments are considered disabilities under the ADA. Register now for this timely event risk-free..
About your Speaker:
Attorney Susan G. Fentin is a partner in the labor and employment firm of Skoler, Abbott &Presser, P.C., which has represented exclusively management interests for more than 40 years. She is experienced in teaching master classes on both the FMLA and ADA. Her practice concentrates on labor and employment counseling, advising large and small employers on their responsibilities and obligations under state and federal employment laws, and representing employers before state and federal agencies and in court. She speaks frequently about employment law topics to industry groups and human resource professionals and is the Editor of the Massachusetts Employment Law Letter. She is routinely named a Massachusetts SuperLawyer, and since 2010, she has been ranked as one of the top labor and employment attorneys in Massachusetts by the prestigious Chambers USA rating agency.
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