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A Michigan hospital is under fire after a lawsuit claims it fulfilled a father's request to have no black nurses look after his baby in the neonatal intensive care unit last fall.
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.
A hospital lawyer eventually told the staff this was illegal, but the lawsuit alleges that black nurses were intentionally not assigned to the baby for the remainder of its stay in the hospital over the next month.
The hospital CEO spoke at a news conference on Tuesday after the local chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network held a press conference at the hospital to demand answers.
"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."
The nurse had been employed at Hurley for 25 years. She is seeking damages for her distress, harassment and humiliation.
"She's going to win this lawsuit. The real question is what's it worth," local attorney Tom Pabst told ABC12 last week. He is not involved in the lawsuit. "If you grant such a request, you're engaging in unlawful conduct."
First, the hospital staff that decided to entertain this request is too stupid to manage an outhouse.
Second, I feel sorry for this poor baby, being born with this a**hole for a father.
I wonder if the hospital thought they were doing the nurse a favor by sparing her from having to deal with this d-bag.
The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen - Dennis Prager
They probably were doing her a favor, but they should have discussed it with her first if that was their intent.
do we know that they didn't?
We don't know, but it seems very unlikely based on the facts given. If the hospital spoke to her and she agreed that it would be in her best interest not to deal with the baby's father, then she has no case.
Yeah, I understand the premise of the case, but why should she get money?
LOL....that kid will be a solid citizen when he's older.
So now we know where Lowpoint's newest child wast born.
she would have found another lawyer to do her hostile work enviroment case.....she found her meal ticket......
this will lower health care costs for sure
Healthcare costs would be real low if we used slave labor.
that must be how obama plans to get me my 2500 dollars in savings he promised....thanks for tell me that....his program has failed and cost are up 3k....he has to have another plan.
after all he is in his 5 year and we only have crisis after crisis .......
I'd hold off judgement over who's in the wrong here until we here more details. THere are a lot of litigious follks out there (and a lot of stupid administrators). On the surface it doesn't seem like an employer trying to make sure it's employees were subject to open hostility and racisim doens't seem like something to be sued over.
This post was edited by TrojanMonkey 17 months ago
I have not judged. My response was half joking. The other half was a response to Fan of SC's typical selfish concern with how it affects his healthcare costs rather than the underlying merits. The nurse may have been treated wrong or she may want a freeby and not deserve it. Those are the issues, not our healthcare costs.
This post was edited by Morethanafan 17 months ago
You are aware that most of Obamacare has not even been implemented, aren't you?
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