Only on PIX 11: Woman who survived suicide jump as teen wants records sealed

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – A 27-year-old Queens woman who jumped in front of an “R” train a dozen years ago–when she was just 14–told PIX 11 the incident has been killing her chances of finding a full-time job, because public records of the subway leap keep coming up in background checks. She’s now suing the city for 7 million dollars.

Yasmin Rahman spoke at length with PIX about the pain in her chaotic home life that drove her to take drastic action.

“I came to a point where I just gave up,” she said. The youngest of three girls–raised by a troubled, single mother–said she spent six months in a hospital with head injuries and broken bones.

But she decided her survival was a sign she was getting a second chance.

“I finished high school,” Rahman said, “I went to Pace University and got a degree in Applied Psychology”.

Suicide Survivor

But the college education has not helped Rahman  get a position in a hospital or non-profit.

She’s been turned down by 40, potential employers, Rahman told PIX, by entities that got access to her police or hospital reports. The city denies that it ever made Rahman’s records public.

Her civil attorney, Andrew Schatkin, told PIX 11 Rahman’s old records should be sealed.

“Really, it’s discrimination,” Schatkin said. “Number one, she was a juvenile, she was a young person.”

“Given her youth and the sensitivity of the entire situation, all of these things should not be made public, to be used against her.” Schatkin said.

Rahman said this is her response to human resource personnel who would suggest she’s not psychologically fit:¬† “You can’t determine that. You’re not a doctor. Not a clinician. You have to take my resume’ for what it is.”

4 comments

  • SicnTired2

    She Needs to Sue Her ORIGINAL Lawyers NOT the City For Not Making Sure That Her Records Where Sealed NOT the City. I'm Sorry She Resorted to Such a Drastic Decision and Happy She Survived But It Is UNFAIR That I And Joe Public Should Have To Pay for Her Choices Made. REALLY Tired Of Payiing For OTHER PEOPLES PROBLEMS !!!!!

    • Earl

      That's just absurd and selfish Sicn. This is not about you……..period. Nobody gives a flying flip what you're selfishness consists of, its about a young person that is seeking to be made whole. she has every right to go to the system that is designed for those to seek redress from those that cause harm NOW.

      So in your idiotic world it's better that she can't be made whole and therefore be on welfare, emergency room health care which you will pat for, food stamps, or any number of programs to be able to survive, rather than she be made whole to be able to live? I can't figure out if you're really a special kind of stupid or just plain selfish to the point of being sickening. Please, I implore you, get a life.

  • Tom

    Background checks don't bring up hospital records. Has she considered that she may not be qualified for the jobs? Did she get an interview and did she fare poorly?

    ***Rahman said this is her response to human resource personnel who would suggest she’s not psychologically fit: “You can’t determine that. You’re not a doctor. Not a clinician. You have to take my resume’ for what it is.”***

    How many of the HR's actually said she was psychologically unfit and how many of them said it was due to looking at police records? It sounds like she is still mentally unbalanced and comes off that way when applying for a job. She can't admit to being 'crazy' so she resorts to suing for a ridiculous amount of money.

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