The Department of Education has fired Andrew Buck, Brooklyn principal of the Middle School for Art and Philosophy. Buck’s behavior grabbed headlines after sending teachers nonsensical letters filled with grammatical errors and pressuring parents and staffers to recommend him for tenure. An investigation of the C-rated school revealed a chaotic and violent environment where teachers and students were regularly assaulted, and kids had sex in the stairways. Buck has been transferred to desk duty while the city moves to fire him. Full article.
Unless an employee is contracted to stay with a company for a specific period of time, New York law establishes employees as “at will.” This means an employer has the right to discharge an employee at any time for any reason without a contract restricting termination. This also protects the employee’s right to resign at any time. An employer may fire an employee for “no reason,” or for a reason that might seem arbitrary and unfair. The employee is equally free to quit at any time without being required to explain or defend that decision. There are a few exceptions to New York’s at will employment. The most significant being discrimination based upon race, creed, national origin, age, handicap, gender, sexual orientation or marital status. Additionally, an employer cannot fire an employee for political or recreational activities outside of work, for legal use of consumable products outside of work, or for membership in a union. Further, no employer shall penalize any employee for making a complaint to the employer, to the Commissioner of Labor, or to the Commissioner’s representative, about any provision of the Labor Law. For more information: www.labor.ny.gov.
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