DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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What to do when the boss’ cologne makes you sick

July 4, 2015 • By Dennis Beaver

“About 20 of us work for an alfalfa harvesting company based in California’s Central Valley. Our boss Charlie – who we all love — recently began dating Lucy, and she is proof of the saying, ‘With perfume, less is more.’

“She just reeks of cinnamon and citrus. Our office cat and both dogs panic when Lucy arrives, running away from her.

“Charlie just began using a man’s version of the same cologne. Fortunately my desk is in a different room, because when I am close to him, I start to sneeze and do not feel well. Others react in a similar manner.

“She put a can of long-lasting floral air freshener spray in the bathroom which is irritating to many of us, even when we do not use it. My skin crawls, I feel itchy, begin to sneeze, cough and my eyes water. A couple of us have had asthma attacks and we have all complained to Charlie, but his reply was, “If you can find an air freshener with no fragrance, we will use it, but until then, I don’t want to upset Lucy…click here to read more