Request To Limit Nurses Based On Race Leads To Discrimination Lawsuit

By Emma Koch

Request To Limit Nurses Based On Race Leads To Discrimination Lawsuit

February 21, 2013 Updated Feb 21, 2013 at 4:56 PM EDT

MICHIGAN (www.incnow.tv) -- A note from the father of a infant requesting that no black nurses care for his child has led to a lawsuit by one of the hospital nurses.

Hurley Medical Center is being sued for discrimination and violation of the state civic rights act by Tonya Battle, 49, a black nurse at the facility. According to reports the nurse manager reassigned her because the father of a patient requested that no black nurses take care of his infant.

The lawsuit alleges that no black nurses were assigned to the baby for its month long stay in the hospital even after being told by the hospital lawyer that this was illegal.

The hospital says it did not grant the father's request.

“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 ABC affiliate WJRT in Flint, Mich. “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.”




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