May an employer implement a fragrance-free policy and ban perfumes?

Author: Jill Gormley, Strong and Clear Communications

Yes. An employer is free to ban perfumes and colognes in the workplace. In fact, an employer may be liable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for failing to accommodate the needs of chemically sensitive employees who may not be able to tolerate colognes or perfumes. As with all work rules and policies, an employer must inform all employees of the policy and enforce it uniformly.