I have been teaching in public schools in NYC for 28 years and have, unfortunately, seen this system in action. At the slightest hint of inappropriate behavior a teacher is removed from the classroom and the hearing process begins. Some of my colleagues have complained that this leaves them open to false accusations, but as a parent I don't want the DOE waiting for the hearings to conclude before taking action to safeguard children. I have known teachers to be found guilty - rightfully so - and fired and I have known one teacher to have been falsely accused. That teacher spent several weeks in what used to be called the rubber room, but was ultimately found innocent and returned to the classroom.
The issue is not whether teachers guilty of inappropriate behavior should be fired, it is how to determine they are guilty and what to do with them while the investigation takes place. Ms. Holman is correct, your rights as an employee do end when you violate policies, standards of behavior and, in this case, the law. She is not allowed to enter patient rooms and seduce patients, but neither should she be allowed to continue having patient contact after an accusation of such behavior. The DOE policy removes the teacher at the point of accusation and fairly defers the firing until the accusation has been proven.