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