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Don’t like bad press? Don’t take up government work

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Joseph Rosenfeld, a former community affairs assistant to the mayor of Allentown, lost a workers’ compensation claim for psychological damage he said he suffered because of bad press over his job performance.
    Rosenfeld was the subject of some 30 newspaper articles in 1996 alleging he had used his political clout to stop the relocation of a bus terminal to financially benefit his family. The articles also accused him of using the city’s telephone and fax machines for personal business.
    As a result, Rosenfeld said, he suffered psychological injuries, including weight fluctuations and fear of leaving his house.
    The judge ruled that even if the media reports were unfounded, negative press scrutiny is part of a public-service job, particularly one in community affairs. 

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