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Petitioning The New York City Department of Education

Reschedule NYC parent teacher conferences from St. Patrick's Day to a later date

Brian O’Dwyer, senior partner at O’Dwyer and Bernstein LLP, announced on February 19th that the firm filed, on behalf of Frank J. Schorn a teacher in the public schools of New York, a charge at the New York City Human Rights Commission alleging that the New York City Department of Education had violated Schorn’s civil rights by scheduling parent teacher conferences on St. Patrick’s Day of 2016. Schorn and other Irish-American teachers in the New York City school system are obligated by contract to participate in parent teacher conferences. As a result of this scheduling, Irish-American teachers have been denied the opportunity to participate in the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade in particular. The parade has been found by the United States Courts to be not only a celebration of Irish heritage but a religious activity celebrating the feast day of the patron saint of the Archdiocese of New York, St. Patrick.

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