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I have a very awk­ward sit­u­a­tion: My su­per­vi­sor of two years smells. Though I’m not par­tic­u­larly sen­si­tive to smells, I had to rush to the bath­room dur­ing a re­cent meet­ing be­cause I be­came ill. All my col­leagues no­tice it, and one also has be­come ill. Spray­ing body spray in the air or on my sleeve no longer helps.

I’m not sure if my su­per­vi­sor’s odor is due to hy­giene or a med­i­cal prob­lem. But I need to raise this is­sue as I can­not meet with my su­per­vi­sor with­out be­com­ing ill.

Our HR depart­ment is in another state, and I think this should be dealt with faceto­face.

I can talk to my su­per­vi­sor’s su­per­vi­sor, but I need ad­vice on how to start this con­ver­sa­tion and what, if any­thing, I can do if man­age­ment is un­will­ing or un­able to take ac­tion.

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