A Queens, N.Y., woman tried to commit suicide by jumping in front of a train in 2001. Now she’s suing the city and the officers who handled the incident for $7 million. She claims that police reports and pictures of her failed suicide attempt were made public and that’s the reason she’s not able to land a job.
Mail Online reports that Yasmin Rahman, who says she has worked through the issues that led to her 2001 suicide attempt when she was just 15, said she has been turned down from jobs because companies have seen details about the incident.
In the lawsuit she filed at Queens Supreme Court last month, the now 27-year-old psychology graduate claims she lost out on job opportunities because detailed information about her was found on background checks.
“They asked me if I was on crutches or in a wheelchair,” Rahman said, according to the New York Post. “They’ve told me, ‘It’s a police report, you were injured,’ and, ‘There’s a picture of you at the hospital,’ ‘There’s a picture of you on the tracks.’”
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Rahman claims that nearly 40 potential employers have turned her down because detailed information about the incident popped up in background checks on her.
Rahman, who sustained a serious head injury, broken bones and memory loss that kept her in a hospital for six months after the suicide attempt, said her survival was a wake-up call. She went to the Borough of Manhattan Community College and Pace University, where she studied psychology and wants to work as a counselor or caseworker, but instead works part time peddling cellphones.
Andrew Schatkin, Rahman’s lawyer, said the information about his client’s suicide attempt should be confidential.
Rahman is suing the city and the officers who handled the incident.
An NYPD spokesman denied the allegations and the city has reportedly also denied the allegations.