A nurse working at the RAMAZ Modern Orthodox day school in Manhattan treated a boy with a "prominent injury" on his cheek he said was inflicted by his father. Joyce Villarin communicated with the father who admitted causing the injury and who showed no remorse. She wanted to report the physical abuse to secular authorities in compliance with the law, but the RAMAZ told her not to. She did it anyway and was fired for not being a "team player."
Late last week, a New York State Appeals Court approved Villarin's suit against Ramaz, writing that her claim "falls within both the letter and the spirit of the private-employee whistleblower statute" and noting that if Villarin had not reported the potential abuse she would have been civilly liable for failing to report it.