Edgar Ortiz, a 65-year-old educator of children in the Bronx, was not fired for sleeping with a sex worker. (“She’s a young lady,” he reportedly told cops during his arrest. “I don’t know her name. I picked her up on Southern Blvd. and 178th St. for $20. I jumped on it because it was so cheap.”) But at a disciplinary hearing, he was fined $7,500 by the Department of Education. Can you believe that? Ortiz can’t either: He’s suing the city to fight the punishment.
“Teachers are not indentured servants subject to school direction and control 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he argues in a real-life lawsuit. “Teachers must have a zone in which they may exercise their own prerogatives and activities.”
It’s not as ridiculous as it sounds (really ridiculous): A Manhattan judge this week refused to toss the case and ordered the city to answer his petition about the fine after it “failed to offer any legal basis for penalizing a teacher for illegal conduct that has little or no apparent connection with his teaching duties.” Ortiz — for the record — makes $89,307 a year, plenty for his purposes, since we already know he’s thrifty.