A Michigan nurse is suing the hospital sheÂ works for after she was allegedlyÂ barred from caring for a child becauseÂ of her skin color.
The nurse, Tonya Battle, claims that she wasÂ caring for a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit of Hurley Medical CenterÂ when the baby’s father asked to speak with a supervisor.
‘The father told the [nurse in charge] thatÂ he did not want any African Americans taking care of his baby,’ the lawsuitÂ states.
During the exchange, the man allegedly pulledÂ up his sleeve and revealed a tattoo believed to be a Swastika, according to theÂ lawsuit.
The baby was immediately reassigned toÂ another nurse.
‘[She] was shocked, offended and in disbeliefÂ that she was so egregiously discriminated against based on her race andÂ re-assigned,’ the court documents state.
A staff meeting was held to inform theÂ hospital’s nurses of the father’s demands and the new policy regarding hisÂ child, the lawsuit claims.Â
When Battle returned to work the next day,Â she a note was posted on the nurses’ assignment clipboard that read, ‘No AfricanÂ American nurse to take care of baby.’
‘African American nurses [like Battle] wereÂ not assigned to the baby for approximately the next month because of theirÂ race,’ the lawsuit states.