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$20K Deal for Worker in Perfume Case

March 11, 2013
Source: Springfield News Sun

Pamela Core, a former social services worker for the Champaign County Department of Jobs and Family Services, will be paid the money as part of the tentative agreement. Core had complained that she suffered from asthma and a severe chemical sensitivity to certain perfumes and other scented products. In April 2010, court documents show the county offered to allow Core to work shorter work days, as well as have her own office and private bathroom, but Core did not respond. A decision by the U.S. District Court showed Core sells jewelry at craft shows, where she could be exposed to perfume. The disability also did not prevent Core from shopping, eating at restaurants, attending college classes, wearing perfume or walking around her neighborhood, the court said. According to court documents, Core filed a claim against the county under the Americans with Disabilities Act and also sought a disability claim because of her condition, which included an allergic reaction to some perfumes, including the Japanese Cherry Blossom fragrance. The U.S. District Court ultimately ruled in favor of the county. But the case was appealed and was settled after mediation.

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