- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 25, 2005

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

CHICAGO — A former Detroit radio disc jockey was awarded $10.6 million this week because she was fired for complaining about a co-worker’s perfume.

Erin Weber said exposure to Lancome’s Tresor perfume caused her to lose her voice and take lengthy absences from work. She also said she required heavy medication to combat the effects.

A jury of six women deliberated for eight days before awarding Miss Weber $1.6 million Monday for past and future compensation, $7 million in punitive damages and $2 million for mental anguish and emotional distress.

“I’m thankful that the jury took so much time to come to the right conclusion,” Miss Weber, 43, told the Detroit News. “It’s a great day.”

Miss Weber complained frequently to the station’s management about a co-worker’s perfume. The station ordered the woman to stop wearing the perfume, but the woman deliberately would seek her out to envelop her in a cloud of perfume, Miss Weber said.

Miss Weber took three months off for medical reasons in late 2000 and filed a discrimination suit against the station in 2001. A spokeswoman for Infinity Broadcasting, which owns the station, said the company planned to appeal.

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