my job I sit next a lady that has hot flashes shes always hot shes has a fan thats always on and I get very cold from her fan and I have complained

UPDATED: May 24, 2009

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my job I sit next a lady that has hot flashes shes always hot shes has a fan thats always on and I get very cold from her fan and I have complained

I have request to be moved because I get sick from her fan because I am easy to get cold and shes always hot and has to have a fanmy manager has not moved me from sitting next to her what should I do

Asked on May 24, 2009 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Have you tried asking the lady if she is willing to move her fan so that the air doesn't hit you, or if she can turn the fan off at intervals? Is she willing to move?

If she is not cooperating, speak to someone above your manager. Perhaps some kind of compromise can be worked out.

If you are in fact getting colds often from the fan, go to the doctor and report this so you will have something on record. Also, if your doctor is willing to write a letter for you, stating that the fan (exposure to the air) is causing your frequent colds, keep a copy and put a copy in your employment file. This is proof of notice to your employer.

If no compromise is reached, you may need to seek the advice of an employment lawyer in your state to see if you have any legal options.

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