A nurse from Michigan is claiming that she was treated unfairly and is suing a hospital after it agreed to a man’s request that his baby not be cared for by an African-American.
Tonya Battle, who has worked at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan for 25 years, filed a lawsuit against her managers for race-based discrimination, CNN reports. According to the complaint, a man approached the nurse while she was caring for his child in the neonatal intensive care unit at the hospital. He asked to speak to her supervisor and allegedly told her that he did not want any African Americans taking care of his baby. After the incident, Battle was reassigned.
A note reportedly appeared on the baby’s medical chart stating: “Please, no African-American nurses to care for … baby per dad’s request.” The order reportedly lasted for a month.
Battle’s attorney Julie Gafkay told CNN affiliate WNEM that the nurse was distraught by what happened.
“She was very upset. She was very offended,” Gafkay said.
The hospital later changed its mind after their lawyer objected the decision. The case is currently ongoing.