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San Diego Paying $425K Over PTSD From Crime Scene

San Diego will pay $425,000 to a former police department crime scene specialist who said city officials wrongfully fired her and discriminated against her after her experience at a crime scene triggered post-traumatic stress disorder, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The payout settles a lawsuit filed in November 2017. Rebecca Limon had worked for the city as a crime scene specialist since 2002. In 2010, she worked at the scene of a brutal murder at San Diego City College. A jealous husband had stabbed and strangled his 19-year-old estranged wife and carved an obscenity in her back in a City College bathroom. The husband, Armando Perez, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

After visiting the scene of the crime, Limon was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. she took a medical leave and returned to work in November 2011, asking city officials to find a way to allow her to keep working despite her mental health condition. Officials did not honor her request. Limon suffered a relapse in 2014 and took a second medical leave without authorization. Because Limon didn’t want to resign and was not ready to return to work, the city placed her on special leave without pay and removed Limon from her position. In her lawsuit, Limon claims city officials harassed and discriminated against her because of her disability and then retaliated against her for requesting reasonable disability accommodations.