A Michigan nurse is suing the Hurley Medical Center over allegations of discrimination. Tonya Battle found a note in a patient's hospital file stating, ”No African American nurse to take care of baby,” according to WNEM.com. The baby that was previously in her care was re-assigned another nurse.
Battle was attending to a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when the baby's father asked to speak to her supervisor. It is alleged the father instructed the charge nurse that he didn't want any African American nurses taking care of his child. It was at that time the father pulled up his sleeve to show a tattoo resembling a Swastika.
Battle is African American.
Battle has been working for the hospital since 1988. She was shocked to learn she was discriminated against by the color of her skin not only by the patient's father, but also by the hospital she works for.
It was not her lack of ability to care for the baby, but an obvious racial preference that elicited this reaction from the baby's father.
While the father has a choice in who cares for the baby, the hospital has a legal obligation to refrain from any type of racial discrimination. The hospital may be held accountable for the racial notation in the baby's file.
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