In which government regulation jumps the shark…
Via Shine (h/t Matt):
State representative Michele Peckham is sponsoring House Bill 1444 which hopes to ban state employees who work with the public from wearing perfume. Apparently a constituent with extreme allergies approached Peckham with the proposal. “It may seem silly, but it’s a health issue,” Peckham told the Union Leader. “Many people have violent reactions to strong scents.”
The story cites an example in which one woman sued the city of Detroit under the Americans With Disabilities Act, claiming that a co-workers perfume made it hard for her to work. She was awarded $100,000.
The city ended up warning it’s employees city “to avoid using scented products like perfume, cologne, deodorant, lotion, and aftershave.”
Do these people realize the alternative to using deodorant? How hard will it be to work then? Just go ask Occupy Wall Street, they aren’t dabbling in any scented products, and they haven’t worked for months.