LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five former Los Angeles Police Department recruits were each awarded more than $2 million by a jury who found they were wrongfully denied temporary city jobs while recovering from police academy training injuries.
City News Service reports that the Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for two days before deciding to award Ryan Atkins and Justin Desmond more than $2.6 million; Douglas Boss $2.5 million, Anthony Lee nearly $2.3 million and Eriberto Orea nearly $2.2 million. Most of the money was for lost future wages.
The suit, filed in November 2010, said the city should’ve accommodated them with other jobs until they recovered.
The city attorney’s office argued that they were “conditional employees” who couldn’t perform essential functions of their job, so there was no obligation to place them elsewhere.
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