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by Abrill Elfi


September 8, 2023

A New York judge ruled that the teachers who were fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine must be reinstated with backpay.

On Wednesday, State Supreme Court Judge Ralph J. Porzio stated that the 10 employees that were fired by the New York City Department of Education for refusing to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate should get their job back with backpay.

“This Court sees no rational basis for not allowing unvaccinated classroom teachers in amongst an admitted population of primarily unvaccinated students,” Porzio wrote. “As such, the decision to summarily deny the classroom teachers amongst the Panel Petitioners based on an undue hardship, without any further evidence of individualized analysis, is arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable. As such, each classroom teacher amongst the Panel Petitioners is entitled to a religious exemption from the Vaccine Mandate.”

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