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Stress from Killing Prisoner Does Not Support Disability Claim by DOC Guard over Failure to Retire Claim

By Brandon Sample

The Court of Appeals of the State of Washington affirmed a trial court’s grant of summary judgment for the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) in a suit by a former DOC guard alleging discrimination.

Christopher Davis separated from the DOC after being declared disabled due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) associated with the shooting death of a prisoner. Davis shot a prisoner to death in 2003 during an escape attempt.

Davis obtained a settlement in 2005 from the DOC that gave him $25,000 and the right to reapply for his job if deemed psychologically fit within a certain time period.
Davis reapplied for his old job as a DOC guard, but never complied with all the requirements for reemployment. Davis sued, claiming disability discrimination, among other things.

The trial court and the appeals court denied relief. According to both courts, Davis was not rehired because he did not comply with the requirements for reemployment, not because of disability discrimination. See: Davis v. Washington Department of Corrections, No. 39915-6-II (C.A. Washington).

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Davis v. Washington Department of Corrections