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

Posted at 11:15 PM, Aug 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-27 15:45:59-04

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.”