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.”