Amber Bridges got fired because of bad body odor, but not hers. Another employee had bad body odor and Bridges tried to solve the problem by bringing in air fresheners and others followed suit. The smelly employee complained to HR and Bridges was fired for creating a “hostile work environment.”
A hostile work environment doesn’t mean that Bridges was being rude, it means that she violated a law against illegal discrimination. You’ll hear this term used most often in relationship to sexual and gender harassment, but it can be used in a case of disability discrimination as well.
Bridges is suing, rather ironically, saying her termination was a result of her association with the stinky co-worker, and that she should be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well.
While we don’t have more details than that, I can already tell where this organization went wrong and how Bridges, herself, made mistakes.
To keep reading, click here: Is Bad Body Odor Really a Protected Disability?