Fragrance Sensitivity in the Workplace and ADA - Your Perfume is Making Me Sick!

Instructor: Elga Lejarza
Product ID: 705320
  • Duration: 60 Min
It took decades for the workplace to acknowledge the dangers of smoking; fragrance sensitivity is following the same trajectory. This webinar training will explore how the Americans with Disability Act defines fragrance sensitivity and the broader definition under the Amendment Act. It will further discuss developing a workplace fragrance sensitivity policy and recent significant fragrance sensitivity cases.
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Course "Fragrance Sensitivity in the Workplace and ADA - Your Perfume is Making Me Sick!" has been pre-approved by HRCI as eligible for 1-credit towards a participant's recertification upon full completion.

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Why Should You Attend:

There are a number of conditions that make it difficult for someone to be exposed to fragrances and chemicals. Allergies, asthma and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including but not limited to dizziness, vomiting, respiratory distress, headaches and skin conditions. Any of these symptoms make it difficult, if not impossible, for the employee experiencing them to work efficiently.

In the extreme case where an employee’s fragrance sensitivity is severe enough to substantially limit his or her ability to perform their essential job functions, the employee may be deemed to have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If so, an employer has a duty to provide a reasonable accommodation to the employee, if one exists, unless the accommodation would result in an undue hardship for the employer.

In this webinar you will learn your obligations to recognize a fragrance sensitivity request for a reasonable accommodation and how to grant it to assist the employee, comply with the law and protect your company against legal claims and disputes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Courts’ opinion with employer’s obligation with fragrance sensitivity
  • Fragrance sensitivity and employees’ work performance
  • Undue hardship defense
  • Interactive process from A-Z

Areas Covered in the Webinar:

  • Americans with Disability Act and definition of disability
  • Broader definition under the Amendment Act
  • Employers’ compliance with the Americans with Disability Act
  • Fragrance sensitivity – definition/prevention/treatment/mitigating symptoms
  • New ADA guidelines for fragrance sensitivity
  • How to handle fragrance sensitivity requests for accommodation?
  • The interactive process
  • Reasonable accommodations vs. perfect accommodations – courts’ opinion
  • Examples of reasonable accommodations for fragrance sensitivity
  • Courts’ opinion with regards to workplace fragrance sensitivity policy
  • Developing a workplace fragrance sensitivity policy
  • Recent significant fragrance sensitivity cases

Who Will Benefit:

  • HR Professionals
  • HR Consultants
  • Office Managers
  • Business Owners
  • Compliance Officers
  • Managers and Supervisors
  • Employee Relations Professionals
  • Employee Assistance Professionals
  • Safety Managers
Instructor Profile:
Elga Lejarza

Elga Lejarza
President and Owner, Lejarza HR Consulting

Elga Lejarza has been working in human resources for over two decades. Graduated from Florida International University with a Bachelor in Management and a Minor in Human Resources, she is the founder and president of Lejarza HR Consulting, through which she provides training and consulting services to small to medium sized companies throughout the United States. Ms. Lejarza can customize each training program to fit each individual organization.

Ms. Lejarza has found her niche in the areas of ADA and FMLA and employment laws, employee relations and internal investigations. She also has a passion for public speaking and enjoys sharing her journey in her new role as an entrepreneur. She started her career in HR with Target as a human resources manager, also worked for AutoZone as a regional HR manager conducting internal investigations. Additionally, Ms. Lejarza worked for Bloomingdales and Walgreens also in human resources. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the Anderson SHRM, the Greenville SHRM, and a regular speaker for the Greenville American Payroll Association.

Topic Background:

Has anyone every told you “Your perfume is making me sick!” Might sound silly to someone, but not to any human resource professional. It is becoming a serious problem in today’s workforce. The world is full of colognes, body lotions, hair spray, and so on. How does this effect employers and their employees? It is called fragrance sensitivity and yes it falls under the ADA Act. An accommodation might not happen immediately, but the request should be taken seriously.

Case in point: A federal jury in Michigan awarded $10.6 million to a female disc jockey who claimed under the Americans with Disabilities Act that her country music radio station employer failed to accommodate her allergy to a fellow deejay's perfume.

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