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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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