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No black nurses request draws lawsuit

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:16 PM
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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."

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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:18 PM
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 The father may be a racist and a jerk but this woman suing the hospital is absolutely ridiculous. She has no damages. Did she get sent home because there was no work? I seriously doubt it. Her feelings were hurt, and rightly so, but not worthy of a lawsuit.

 

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:19 PM
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What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM

 

Quoting pamelax3:

What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

 Why shouldn't they try to meet the requests (however asinine) of their patients if they have enough white nurses to do so?

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:26 PM

 


Quoting jehosoba84:

 

Quoting pamelax3:

What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

 Why shouldn't they try to meet the requests (however asinine) of their patients if they have enough white nurses to do so?

IMO it is a sign of loyaltyto your employees, this was a stupid request and should not have even been considered. The nurse had been there 25 years, so obviously she was good at her job. If they wanted to fulfill this request why not just move her to a different shift or duty, there was no reason for the hospital to make public a racist request

 

wickedfiress
by Kellie on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM
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I would think the hospitals compliance would be more for the protection of the employee than appeasing the asshole making the request.

This way the jerk could not make any claims of negligence or wrong doing against the employee.


Quoting pamelax3:

What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Feb. 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

 

Quoting pamelax3:

 

 

Quoting jehosoba84:

 

Quoting pamelax3:

What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

 Why shouldn't they try to meet the requests (however asinine) of their patients if they have enough white nurses to do so?

IMO it is a sign of loyaltyto your employees, this was a stupid request and should not have even been considered. The nurse had been there 25 years, so obviously she was good at her job. If they wanted to fulfill this request why not just move her to a different shift or duty, there was no reason for the hospital to make public a racist request

 

 They did re-assign her to a different shift/duty. That's how the request become public; she decided to sue.  Not sure why her manager decided to tell her the reason for it.

GoddessNDaRuff
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM
The hospital would not be able to adhere to that request for anyother race of parent. They should have told the jerk that he could accept the staff they had unless there was a real issue or make arrangements to have the child moved to a whiter hopsital (okay that made me laugh just typing that description). The hospital opened itself to the lawsuit. Either back and support your employees and not discriminate or get sued. If there wasn't a real complaint against her the hospital should have stuck with the law. The dumbass racist would not have risked looking stupid in a court room over a black nurse.


Personally, they wouldn't have been able to pay me enough to deal with the child or the parents after that.
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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:12 PM
He had a swastika tattoo, why would she even want to deal with him? I'm Jewish...he wouldn't want me there either and I would gladly walk away.

Quoting wickedfiress:

I would think the hospitals compliance would be more for the protection of the employee than appeasing the asshole making the request.



This way the jerk could not make any claims of negligence or wrong doing against the employee.




Quoting pamelax3:

What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request

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lga1965
by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM
There IS a law against discrimination based on color ....race,creed or color and sex.

Quoting jehosoba84:

 


Quoting pamelax3:


What a stupid move on the hospitals part to even entertain such a request


 Why shouldn't they try to meet the requests (however asinine) of their patients if they have enough white nurses to do so?

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lizzielouaf
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

For those who are interested in reading the actual filing:

http://ftpcontent.worldnow.com/wnem/WNEM/20130213124455389.pdf

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