“Smelly Workplace? A Case Of ‘Extreme Gas’ In The Ol’ Factory”

My latest article in Above The Law deals with “A Case Of ‘Extreme Gas’ In The Ol’ Factory” –  odors in the workplace.  It begins:

“Is there a more uncomfortable – and unpleasant – situation than sitting in a crowded car when a certain odor is detected emanating from someone in the car? There is an awkward silence – what can one say? – until or unless someone asks to crack open the window, or makes a half-hearted, stupid “joke,” and everyone squirms and eyes each other subtly.

“Eventually, however, the odor disappears.

“But what if it doesn’t disappear, and this happens in the workplace and worsens by the day, due to someone’s disability?  Big problem.

This became a real lawsuit, and it was no joke – either to the sufferer or the employer.”

Read the article here.  Read all of my ATL articles here.

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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]