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Award Reduced In Radio DJ's Perfume Lawsuit
ClickOnDetroit ^ | December 27, 2005 | AP

Posted on 12/27/2005 7:15:15 PM PST by Westlander

DETROIT -- A former disc jockey at a Detroit country radio station has seen her award in a perfume lawsuit dramatically reduced.

A federal jury this spring awarded Erin Weber (pictured, right) $10.6 million. She said station owner Infinity Broadcasting fired her in 2001 after complaining about an allergic reaction to another host's perfume at 99.5 FM WYCD. Infinity said Weber was fired for not coming to work.

A federal judge reduced the award to $814,000. He said he was tempted to throw the jury's entire verdict out because he questions whether Weber really has a perfume allergy.

Weber's lawyers plan to take the case to a federal appeals court.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: allergy; fired; lawsuit; perfume; radio; workplace
If I just stink,can I get 800K?
1 posted on 12/27/2005 7:15:17 PM PST by Westlander
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To: Westlander

Sure, why not?


2 posted on 12/27/2005 7:17:01 PM PST by LiberationIT
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To: Westlander

What raging idiot-filled jury handed her this award?


3 posted on 12/27/2005 7:17:51 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: Westlander

"Ahmed pal, this country is ripe for a takeover! Allah Akbar, dude!"


4 posted on 12/27/2005 7:21:06 PM PST by Revolting cat! ("In the end, nothing explains anything.")
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To: Westlander

10.6 million? I really DO have allergic reactions to certain kinds of perfumes....how much can I get? And if she's REALLY allergic to perfume, she should carry an inhaler.


5 posted on 12/27/2005 7:22:17 PM PST by cake_crumb (Leftist Credo: One Wing to Rule them All and to the Darkside Bind them)
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To: Westlander
While this award is excessive I'm in agreement with the woman over the perfume issue. Any kind of fragrances trigger severe headaches/migraines in me as well as making me physically ill.

How I wish I could find a company to work for that would ban their employees from wearing the horrible stuff on the job. And believe me, I've tried to find one.

6 posted on 12/27/2005 7:29:16 PM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: Westlander

I know someone who has a bad allergy to perfumes, she's even allergic to scented candles.


7 posted on 12/27/2005 7:29:42 PM PST by psjones
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To: Westlander

8 posted on 12/27/2005 7:30:29 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Westlander
That's a real wide range - from throwin it out to 814,000
9 posted on 12/27/2005 7:39:36 PM PST by stylin19a (you can leed Freepers to spelchek, but you can't make 'em use it.)
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To: stylin19a
That's a real wide range - from throwin it out to 814,000

The $814,000 is probably EXACTLY enough to pay her lawyer.

10 posted on 12/27/2005 7:42:26 PM PST by JennysCool (Non-Y2K-Compliant)
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To: psjones; Westlander; cake_crumb
Perfumes can kill me. And I do carry a rescue inhaler.

Never sued anybody, though.

11 posted on 12/27/2005 7:48:26 PM PST by patton ("Hard Drive Cemetary" - forthcoming best seller)
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To: Westlander

For 10 million, or even 800k, I'd gladly live with such an allergy :-)


12 posted on 12/27/2005 8:03:34 PM PST by Tabi Katz
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To: patton

Funny thing, I have a severe allergic reaction to rose oil extracts perfumes, cremes, etc. However real roses do not affect me in any way. In fact one of my hobbies for years has been growing roses. Weird.


13 posted on 12/27/2005 8:23:16 PM PST by Khurkris ("Hell, I was there"...Elmer Keith.)
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To: proudofthesouth

So everyone should change to accomodate you? Sorry, doesn't fly.


14 posted on 12/27/2005 8:29:02 PM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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To: proudofthesouth

So.... since YOU have a problem, EVERYONE ELSE should accommodate you?

You belong over at DU.


15 posted on 12/27/2005 8:46:02 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Khurkris
They put a carrier agent in scents - I can't remember the name of the darn stuff.

Anyway, the agent is what I am alergic to, not the scent.

Sounds like you - rose oil is expensive, so it is typically diluted with the carrier agent...

16 posted on 12/27/2005 8:51:07 PM PST by patton ("Hard Drive Cemetary" - forthcoming best seller)
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To: patton
"They put a carrier agent in scents..."

Sounds logical to me. It must be what concentrates and amplifies the scent to such a great degree. The natural, delicate aroma of roses gives me no problem. But I have literally gasped for breath when a woman wearing too much of the 'rose oil' perfume has stood next to me. And trust me, I ain't no wimpy/wussy guy getting a case of the 'vapors'...lol. That carrier addition may be the culprit.

17 posted on 12/27/2005 9:54:17 PM PST by Khurkris ("Hell, I was there"...Elmer Keith.)
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To: Khurkris
a quick google says the carrier agents are typically grape or nut oil, and make up 75% of the fragrence, while the rose oil is 25%.

Which explains that - I am allergic to grapes. Can't even drink wine.

(Whisky is ok...LOL)

18 posted on 12/27/2005 10:02:40 PM PST by patton ("Hard Drive Cemetary" - forthcoming best seller)
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To: Westlander

In my first year of law school in contracts class I loaned my jacket to a very pretty classmate who was complaining that she was cold. When I put the jacket on after class for the ride home on my motorcycle, the allergic reaction to her perfume on the jacket was so severe that I was bedridden for three days.

I never saw that coming.


19 posted on 12/28/2005 6:26:50 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: Hildy

When fragrances make a person physically ill - YES. Its the same as smoking. Its also called consideration. If I didn't have this proven medical problem and worked with someone who couldn't handle fragrances, I wouldn't think twice about not wearing it.


20 posted on 12/28/2005 7:29:21 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: Westlander
Ooh... I'll sue.. I'll sue!!!

21 posted on 12/28/2005 7:31:43 AM PST by evets (God bless president Bush!)
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To: proudofthesouth

I'm sure if you asked your co-workers not to wear perfume because you are deathly allergic to it, they would refrain, out of common decency. HOWEVER, if you are indeed deathly allergic to fragrances, you'd better be taking some kind of medication, because the world will not stop for you. YOU are the odd man out, not the other way around, dearie. It's up to YOU to protect your health..not me. Of course, if we worked together, I would never wear perfume...but I wouldn't be happy.


22 posted on 12/28/2005 7:33:24 AM PST by Hildy (Keyboard warrior princess - typing away for truth, justice and the American way!)
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