A high school prom is canceled after a lesbian asked if was okay to bring her girlfriend. A simple answer would have sufficed there, don’t you think?
And we all know that peanut butter is not allowed in schools because one of the kids might have an allergy to peanuts.
Now Detroit city employees can’t wear cologne. Or much of anything else.
Susan McBride, a civil servant in Detroit, won a $100,000 settlement from the city after officials failed to accommodate her allergy to perfume. McBride complained to superiors about a coworker’s perfume, claiming the smell made it difficult for her to breath. When managers did nothing to address the situation, McBride sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act and won.
In addition to paying the hundred grand, the city, as part of the settlement, will post signs asking employees to refrain from wearing “scented products, including but not limited to colognes, after-shave lotions, perfumes, deodorants, body/face lotions, hair sprays or similar products.”
The complaint chain should have been: coworker, unit manager, their manager, upper management. I don’t know exactly what happened, but it’s really sad if Susan did go through all the steps and it didn’t work. I can’t imagine being that coworker and saying ‘No, I think I’ll keep on bathing in cologne that makes you sick’. Or management, who apparently couldn’t step up and work out a simple solution.
Who’s to blame for this ruination, Susan or Management? I vote for Coworker/Management.