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Generous L.A. city policy rewards workers who take long injury leaves
Generous L.A. city policy rewards workers who take long injury leaves

Los Angeles Police Department clerk Demeturius Matthews took a full year off for an on-the-job injury after she banged her elbow into a metal filing cabinet. She didn't break any bones, city records show, but a chiropractor declared her temporarily disabled. She took a second year off after smacking her knee into her desk. A third yearlong leave began after she said she felt pain between her shoulder blades while reaching for her phone. Matthews collected $170,000 in salary while on those leaves, and increased her take-home pay by thousands of dollars during the time off under an unusually generous Los Angeles city leave policy for civilian workers. Under that program, the average...

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