Christopher Asch, a 20-year veteran librarian and media specialist at the magnet school Stuyvesant High School, was accused of touching students in a way that made them uncomfortable between 2005 and 2008. The librarian was later suspended amid such accusations. Christopher Asch filed a discriminatory case, claiming he was suspended because he is gay. The New York County Supreme Court vacated the suspension, finding that the ruling has the possibly unintentional effect of discriminating against Asch, an openly gay male. However, the Appellate Division’s Manhattan-based First Department reinstated the suspension, stating that Asch was not a victim of discrimination. Full article.

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