How to Deal With Employees Who Stink (Literally)

It’s not easy to talk to a worker about something as personal as body odor, but a labor lawyer recommends diplomatically addressing the issue head on.

Coworkers react to an employee who has bad body odor on an elevator.
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My paralegal, Anne, buzzed me: “You have Mike on the line who just got fired from his job as an auto mechanic and adamantly claims that he did nothing wrong. He is very upset.”

I asked her to put him through. “So, Mike, what happened?”

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."