New York Lags on Firing Workers Who Abuse Disabled Patients

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised to change a system in which employees who mistreated disabled and mentally ill patients rarely lost their jobs, but two years later, little has changed.
August 9, 2013

Two and a half years ago, The New York Times published an article about abusive employees who worked for the state, detailing how few employees were fired, even after the state recommended that they lose their jobs, because of weaknesses in the arbitration process, the permissive attitude of state officials and the aggressive stance of public sector labor unions — particularly the Civil Service Employees Association.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo promised to change all this. But much has not changed.
A review by The Times found that the state had made no discernible progress in firing abusive and derelict workers. Not counting workers ultimately cleared of all disciplinary charges, the state still manages to fire only about a quarter of those recommended for job termination, a rate that has not budged.

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