NYC Must Defend School Workers Accused Of Hitting Students

Law360, Los Angeles (April 25, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT) -- New York's highest court ruled Thursday that New York City must provide for the legal defense of public school employees who allegedly struck students even though corporal punishment violates their employment rules.

In a unanimous six-page decision, the New York State Court of Appeals held that a 1960 state law requires the city to pay for legal fees and costs for teachers, administrators and other school employees “while in the discharge of his duties within the scope of his employment.”

The state's high court reversed rulings...
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