Body Odor

Inside the Law: Stinky Coworker

July 10, 2018 - 3:30 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Can you, and if so how can you, tell a coworker he stinks? 

A flight from the Netherlands to the Spain was forced to make an emergency landing because one passenger's body odor was so bad, other passengers began fainting or vomiting. 

Let's pause to consider a body odor that made a plane full of Europeans sick?  

But what can you do if the stink of your office mate is making you sick? Can you tell a coworker that he or she is wearing too much cologne or not enough deodorant, or is that too personal to discuss with a colleague?  

People shy away from talking about any personal matter, but there are times when someone's potential success is curtailed by his or her hygiene. 

So long as there is no intent to discriminate on the basis of gender or other protected status, it is not only okay to tell someone he or she smells but may be a kindness. Do it away from others and at the end of the day so she's not embarrassed all day. And let her know that you would like to be told if you had spinach between your teeth or other problem of which you are not aware that is standing in the way and that you tell her as a friend so she's not embarrassed later.  


Yes. But a coworker needs to know if his cologne could stop traffic.