It is being called the “no black nurses” lawsuit. An African-American nurse is suing a Flint, Michigan, hospital because she says it agreed to a man’s demand that no black nurses care for his newborn baby, USA Today reported Monday.
The nurse, Tonya Battle, 49, is a 25-year-old employee of the Hurley Medical Center. Her lawsuit documents a note placed on a hospital assignment clipboard that said, “"No African American nurse to take care of baby."
Hurley Medical Center said it is not commenting on the suit because of a policy not to comment on past or current litigation. Click here for an updated story with a complete response that was issued by the medical center Weds.
Battle says that when she tried to attend to the man’s baby, he was curt with her and demanded to see her supervisor. The supervisor later told Battle that the man did not want her to take care of his baby and that he rolled up his sleeve to show what looked like a Nazi swastika.
Battle says she was prohibited from caring for the baby.
Battle’s lawsuit is demanding punitive damages for emotional stress, mental anguish, humiliation and damage to her reputation. A video report on the no black nurses lawsuit is posted on the left.
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