Ethical Dilemma Essay

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Ethical Dilemma Alexandria Hollander CJA/324 David Purdy November 11, 2013 Ethical Dilemma Unfortunately, many people do not understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. It is a condition that, quite frankly, many people do not want to understand. In this case, however, PTSD is something that one person is needing not only his employer to understand, but also the courts if need be. The police officer in this unhappy circumstance is at risk of losing his job, just for having PTSD. Newtown, CT is looking at releasing Officer Thomas Bean from duty, trying to fire him due to the fact that he has PTSD (Newtown Police Officer Faces Firing Over PTSD, 2013). He was one of the officers that responded to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last December, even though it was supposed to be his day off. Officer Bean has been having flashbacks, has contemplated suicide, and still has nightmares of that day (Newtown Police Officer Faces Firing Over PTSD, 2013). Information that was obtained from another news source states that Officer Bean has been declared permanently disabled; however, the Newtown, CT Police Department is only able to afford two years of long-term disability payments (Newtown Police Officer Faces Firing Over PTSD, 2013). Unfortunately, Officer Bean has not yet hit that time in which he would be eligible for retirement, so according to union representation, if Officer Bean is fired from his position, a lawsuit will be filed (Newtown Police Officer Faces Firing Over PTSD, 2013). In this particular instance, Officer Bean will have to wait the one and a half years that are left on his long-term disability before he will be able to find out whether or not the Police Department will be able to keep him on said long-term disability. If the police department is able to keep him on long-term disability until he is of retirement age in respect to

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