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Nurse Sues Hospital After Father with Swastika tattoo “Refused to Let her Care for his Newborn Child”

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.

A Michigan nurse is suing her employer, Hurley Medical Center (pictured), after she was allegedly barred from caring for a child because of her skin color

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.

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