PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The city of Portland went fragrance-free in city offices in 2011.
Now an employee is suing the city over that policy — saying city managers aren’t doing enough to enforce it.
Julee Reynolds said she has a condition called multiple chemical sensitivity. It’s triggered by perfumes and hand lotions.
In her lawsuit, she claimed managers in the maintenance bureau did not accommodate for her sensitivity. She had to be hospitalized in 2011, and said the city never took corrective action.
“The ban effectively makes Portland the first city in the U.S. to voluntarily create with fragrance-free public spaces,” the DailySmell reports. “The action is voluntary, meaning that if someone wears aftershave or perfume, they won’t be fired on the spot. Instead a supervisor will take disciplinary action that could include making a note in the worker’s permanent file.”
The site reports that Detroit was the first city in the U.S. to establish a fragrance-free policy, in 2010. However, it did so because of legal action.
The city does not comment on pending cases.