Did You Hear The One About The White Teacher Who Bound Two Of Her Black 7th-Grade Students And Made Them Crawl Under Desks To Demonstrate What Slavery Must Have Been Like?December 5, 2008
“During a Nov. 18 seventh-grade history lesson on slavery, the teacher, Eileen Bernstein, who is white, selected two black students—one of whom was 13-year-old Gabrielle —taped their hands and feet, and had them crawl into the space under a desk to simulate what it must have been like for slaves transported in ships’ holds during the voyage to America.
In retrospect, the teacher ‘realizes that that was not a good choice and we’ve rectified the situation in terms of not using that simulation again,’ [principal Avis Shelby] added.” [The Journal-News]
Thank God the school has taken measures to ensure that teachers don’t USE THAT SIMULATION AGAIN. For chrissakes.
Which is excellent! For the aforementioned recently laid-off Miss McClear, that is. Who says? Why, the New York State Department of Labor, in its concerted two-year effort to crack down on employers who misclassify their workers as independent contractors!
“UI and Independent Contractors: If an employer-employee relationship exists, it does not matter how the relationship is described by the person engaging the services. For example, if an employer issues individuals a 1099 form rather than a W-2 form, the workers may still be considered employees. Even if the workers sign a statement claiming independent contractor status and waiving any rights as employees, or if they are required to obtain a DBA in order to work for that employer, those individuals may still be considered employees under the law. The Unemployment Insurance Law provides that no agreement by employees to waive their rights under the law is valid.” [NYDOL, itals all moi.]
The irony. Really.
Sure, Sheila wasn’t fired. But she also wasn’t, technically, an employee. Gawker staffers are all contractors and as far as I know she will not be eligible for unemployment.
Oh, can we stop saying Sheila was fired? It’s a layoff. Read the rest of this entry »