Sick Of Their Jobs

Did toxic chemicals make life nauseating for three women at the Mesa Police Department?

"These are difficult cases, with plenty of room for debate," Charlie Hover says. "The provisions for handicapped people and `reasonable accommodation' have only been law for less than twenty years, and there's already a tremendous body of case law. It wouldn't surprise me to see lawsuits out of these cases."
Darryleen Kelley says she's feeling better physically these days. She says she's looking for a new job because she and her husband are hurting financially. "I don't know everything I was exposed to over there," she says. "How come no one knows anything? I'm never gonna know down the road if I get sick, that the building didn't cause it. I was considered a loyal employee. How would they have treated me if I wasn't loyal? I gave that place ten years of my life, and I'm left with nothing."

"It wasn't like we were getting our hair and nails done when this thing happened," Kelley says. "We were at work and we got sick."

Because they are eager to absolve the city of blame, the doctors trace the women's medical problems to everything but their exposure to chemicals.

"She works hard to promote relationships of trust and respect," Kelley's evaluation read. A week later, chemical fumes overcame her.

"Doing a good job will only carry you so far at the Mesa Police Department," says a former Mesa detective.

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