NJ woman can sue over perfume

January 9, 2009 10:31:15 AM PST
A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that a woman who claims she was disabled by a co-workers' perfume can move forward with her worker's compensation lawsuit. Doris Sexton sued the Cumberland Manor 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.

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 court says her employer can be held liable because the exposure happened at work.


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