A lawsuit is in the works after a Michigan father requested that no black nurses be allowed to care for his newborn that was in the Hurley Medical Center neonatal intensive care unit last fall.
VIA ABC NEWS:
A black nurse sued Hurley Medical Center for discrimination and violation of the state civil rights act after the nurse manager reassigned her because of the man’s request for no black nurses, according to the complaint.
The man also pulled up his sleeve to reveal “some type of tattoo which was believed to be a swastika of some kind,” the complaint from nurse Tonya Battle, 49, read. The name of the father who made the request was not included in the court papers.
“Please, No African American Nurses to care for [redacted] Baby per Dad’s request. Thank you,” read a note that was attached to the baby’s clipboard and obtained by ABC affiliate WJRT in Flint, Mich.This followed a staff meeting and a call to the nurse’s home to inform her of the decision, according to the complaint.
Okay, so this was totally illegal if this request was fulfilled. I am sure the hospital’s lawyer advised them of this because the CEO made a statement at a news conference that was held by a local chapter of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network.
“The father was informed that his request could not be granted, and as a result, all nurses remained available to care for his baby,” Hurley CEO Melany Gavulic said, according to WJRT. “We appreciate the community’s concern and involvement today, as we publicly clarify the facts of this case. The medical center looks forward to a quick and amicable resolution.”
However, the lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff, Tonya Battle, as well as other black nurses, were intentionally not assigned to care for the newborn for the remainder of its stay in the hospital over the next month.
Battle had been employed at the hospital for 25 years. She is seeking damages for her distress, harassment and humiliation.
Oh boy! Mrs. Battle is going to get one pretty penny! Oh yea…she’s paid.
Did the dummy that wrote the note know that it was ILLEGAL? Even if a remote part of them shared the same racist views as the father and wanted to grant him his wishes, isn’t there some type of code of conduct or anti-discrimination training that medical professionals have to take? Oh and don’t get me started on the shift manager that actually carried out the request! It still baffles me these days at the level of ignorance and bigotry that is still alive and well in this country. These ignorant idiots just cost that hospital millions, perhaps HUNDREDS of millions of dollars if other black nurses decide to take action.
Hey Mrs. Battle…let me borrow a $1.00!!