My boss told me that I have to stop wearing so much cologne. I do not think he has the legal right to discriminate adjacent me like this and I told him so. Now he is threatening to discipline me for insubordination. Before I take a stand, am I correct that you can’t fire someone because of the type of cologne they wear? It’s a high quality brand that everyone else likes.
Fire you? You’re lucky they aren’t tying you down and hosing you off until the stench has vanished into the sewer system where it belongs. I don’t care how much you pay for your product – no one wants to smell it while they work, eat or ride on public transportation. Think of it as safety advice because if anyone gets trapped in an elevator with you, you’re a dead woman.
— Evil Skippy
P.S. I’d slap you, but I don’t want to get that close.
Stop focusing on legal rights and focus on not being a source of indoor pollution. Unless your boss is treating you differently from your co-workers (by limiting your use of cologne but letting others wear all they want), this is not discrimination. It is supervision and a valiant effort to stop you from fouling up the atmosphere. Stop being a stinker and start being a considerate fellow employee to everyone with a sense of smell.
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