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Court Says Woman Can Pursue Perfume Lawsuit

A New Jersey woman who claims she was disabled by a co-workers' perfume can move forward with her worker's compensation lawsuit, an appeals panel ruled...
January 13, 2009

A New Jersey woman who claims she was disabled by a co-workers' perfume can move forward with her worker's compensation lawsuit, an appeals panel ruled Friday. Doris Sexton sued the county-owned nursing home where she worked until January 2004. In her lawsuit, she claims perfume sprayed by her co-worker left Sexton permanently disabled and unable to work. She said the co-worker sprayed perfume near her at least three separate times on one day. Sexton, who has a chronic lung condition that resulted from smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 43 years, claims the smell exacerbated her ailment. A lower court ruled that her reaction to the perfume didn't arise out of her employment, but the appeals panel said her employer can be held liable because the exposure happened at work.

Court: NJ Woman Can Pursue Perfume Lawsuit (Insurance Journal 1/12/09)

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