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    Default Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Apparently due to a lawsuit, the city of Detroit has passed a resolution forbidding the use of fragrances in the workplace:


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35871907...s-us_business/

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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Another reason to avoid Detroit.

    "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."

    One must use the courts to solve this problem?

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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    From everything I've heard about Detroit, fragrance is the least of its troubles.

    That being said, similar attitudes prevail throughout Canada, and I would not be surprised to see bans of this nature popping up everywhere the next few years.

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    Does this mean nobody is allowed to use soap? That could be interesting...

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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Quote Originally Posted by sean-dt View Post
    Does this mean nobody is allowed to use soap? That could be interesting...
    Honestly, if it wouldn't disgust people I like as well as the fragrance-banners, I'd almost want to take revenge by ceasing to wash for weeks on end, citing potential "fragrance contamination" as a cause.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Galamb_Borong View Post
    From everything I've heard about Detroit, fragrance is the least of its troubles.

    That being said, similar attitudes prevail throughout Canada, and I would not be surprised to see bans of this nature popping up everywhere the next few years.
    When I read this I mistakenly read "bans of nature popping up everywhere" which in a strange way didn't read out of context. For instance I find it very hard to keep my concentration when I walk the streets of Athens during this time of the year because bitter orange trees are in bloom and their scent really puts me in a very strange state of mind. I 've never considered filing a law suit against the City of Athens for this. Maybe Detroit is a city very far removed from nature, I don't know, and they don't have to face such a problem. It is really sad though when people start to really believe that life is meant to be an annoyance free space where someone wakes up, goes to work, drives back and then dies of old age and boredom.
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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Only in America ...

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    Now tell me who here wouldn't like to bitchslap the trollup that filed the complaint??!
    Seriously!!!

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    Being an hour north of Detroit, I definitely heard this story. It's not too uncommon to have something written about "smelling offensive" in most employee manuals around here. Offensive is taken as smelling like a rotten piece of dung to 16 spritzes of Britney Spears Fantasy. Both will make you ill.

    The problem is that this issue shouldnt have gone to the point of court use. It's something that should be handled on a person by person basis with discretion of our employers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerosene View Post
    The problem is that this issue shouldn't have gone to the point of court use.
    I agree. A frivolous lawsuit, IMO. This employee actually blames another's perfume for her own questionable work ethics? And the court actually agreed with her?? In some other countries this is the sort of case that gets thrown out immediately, with the 'plaintiff' getting a firm reprimand from the court for wasting tax dollars and court officials' time.

    Oh well, the Detroit court will soon stink to high heaven come summer. Let's see how they like it then... LOL.
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    I've been waiting for something like this to happen on this scale ever since the mid 90s, when a woman who used to frequent the multiplex cinema where I worked received a life-long ban because of her continuous refusal to stop wearing perfume despite several warnings. Admittedly she did wear WAY too much and you could tell what screen she'd been sat in for hours after she left, but from small acorns...

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    So, the question is... Where does it end? Seriously - consider a store, a restaurant, whatever... It's banned. Employees can't wear it. In walks a CUSTOMER, wearing something... hmmm.... Interesting. And heaven forbid, does this mean the end of fragrance altogether?! Have they opened up some weird time-continium conundrum whereas, working at a Chanel Boutique, you cannot spray your offerings? Gasp! I guess on the bright side, I wouldn't have to worry about walking through Macy's and having some SA rush me with a bottle of Usher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Grand Duc View Post
    Only in America ...
    Took the words right out of my mouth. I think us Americans can complain and make a big deal out of ANYTHING!

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    All the catastrophic economic problems that city has and they still have time for this nonsense? Unreal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noggs View Post
    All the catastrophic economic problems that city has and they still have time for this nonsense? Unreal.
    Yeah. Talk about misplaced priorities. It is probably why the city is in deep sh!t in the first place...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerosene View Post
    Offensive is taken as smelling like a rotten piece of dung to 16 spritzes of Britney Spears Fantasy.
    Or Mitsouko ... . Overused fragrance is an environmental pollution. Once here a poll was examined on how many spritzes BN users are used to use. The counts were terrific. The median went out to be around 6, isn't it? Max was that 16 or above, honest!

    If a reasonable limitation doesn't work on a person by person basis, alas, the court has to decide on what is considered to be acceptable. Think of a situation in which a boss 'wears' his signature, while his 'coworkers' aren't allowed to flee or at least to complain causing risk of unemployment - in Detroit!

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    You've gotta be kidding me! I bet the judge was a grouchy guy who thinks his masculanity level takes a severe hit when subjected to anything remotely resembling a perfume.
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    Lucky i'm not in Detroit


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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Rulings like these upset me very much. It angers me as well. Do they every enforce noise laws ? Why does it have to be JUST fragrance ? Sure, one bad court incident. But there are alot of things that can upset people. A t-shirt with a "rude" slogan. A truck pumping out high base music ? A pre-pubescent kid wearing sickly sexualized clothing ? There doesn't seem to be any headway to ban those things.

    And to win a $100 000 lawsuit ?! Unreal....I wish the courts would just GET REAL !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surfacing View Post
    And to win a $100 000 lawsuit ?! Unreal....I wish the courts would just GET REAL !
    Indeed. We are shocked that Americans file these frivolous lawsuits, but I feel that it's really the courts' fault. When these kinds of things aren't summarily laughed out of court (and the plaintiff is actually rewarded!!), of course people will continue filing. Who doesn't want $100,000? The courts are offering an easy way to get it.
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    I knew Axe body sprays would cause this some day!

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    I'd agree with Dimitri about slapping that woman who filed the lawsuit, but I also blame the narcissistic people who walk around in a huge cloud of sillage-- both types are gonna ruin it for the rest of us.

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    I bet that person was wearing Joop! to get sued for it.

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    Since Detroit is already job free in the workplace, the judge in this case should be commended for the creation of a new job market: Detroit Fragrance Sniffer, Special Workplace Division.

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    They need to worry about being people free there soon, if they don't get their act together !

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    Once again, another example of the majority being ruled by the pathetic neuroses of the minority.

    What the hell is happening to the world.

    It makes me puke the whole thing. Religious sensitivities are all over the courts like a plague, offending someone's belief system is almost a capital offence and now someone being offended by someone wearing fragrance?

    What about the greater offence of the stinking, putrid, fetid armpits of the great unwashed?

    London Underground is unpleasant enough at the best of time but in the summer, dear God, even I would rather smell A*Men than some of the putrescent, noxious body odours by some people.

    I hope the woman suffocates in a cloud of Farenheit (let's face it, that's not hard to do with even a moderate application).
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    Default Re: Detroit = fragrance free in the workplace

    Quote Originally Posted by Jer350 View Post
    Took the words right out of my mouth. I think us Americans can complain and make a big deal out of ANYTHING!
    Amen to that, I've long felt that our society doesn't feel happy unless it's angry. Everything offends someone. On a serious note, every employee manual I've had at various jobs over the last few years have all mentioned fragrance use in one way or another. Usually it pertained to making sure any personal scent was worn discreetly. But then again, I've only worked in the service industry and not in a traditional office setting yet, so it would make sense.
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    Note to Self "Avoid Detroit!!"

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