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NYC: DOE suspended workers for refusing to take school-issued COVID tests: suit

Two city school employees say they were suspended without pay and benefits for refusing to take the agency’s COVID-19 tests — rather than one of their choice, new court papers allege.

Jeffrey Bueno, a school aide, and Joel Severino, a paraprofessional sued the Department of Education in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday, asking a judge to stop the city from requiring them to take the in-school tests, to reinstate their jobs and issue them back pay.

The duo say they don’t trust the tests that the DOE gives teachers and students, claiming in the suit they are prone to false positives.

Bueno — who had been working remotely throughout the pandemic — refused to sign a consent form for random COVID-19 tests which are conducted weekly on 20 percent of students and staff who go into school facilities, the court papers say.

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