PORTLAND – A Bureau of Maintenance employee has sued the City of Portland, claiming she was sickened by personal fragrances.
Julie Reynolds’ suit claims that she suffers from a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), that is triggered by a wide variety of chemicals contained in scent-bearing products like perfume and hand lotion.
The lawsuit states that one of Reynolds' co-workers wore a scented product that triggered a severe reaction, and that Reynolds' doctor warned the city that workplace exposure could be "life-threatening" to Reynolds.
The lawsuit also states Reynolds was hospitalized once in 2011 after an exposure to fragrances, and could not return to work for several days.
The Oregonian reported that city officials informed her that the health effects amounted to allergies, and were not considered a disability.
The lawsuit seeks $50,000 in non-economic damages.
An attorney for the City of Portland told KGW the city could not comment on the lawsuit.