A Michigan nurse claims she was banned from caring for a newborn child because of her skin color.
Tonya Battle is suing her employers at Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, after they ordered her not to look after the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit following a request from its father, WNEM reports.
The lawsuit states: "The father told the [nurse in charge] that he did not want and African Americans taking care of his baby."
It adds that, during the conversation with Battle's supervisor, the father rolled up his sleeve to reveal a tattoo of a Swastika.
And when Battle, an employee since 1988, returned to work she saw a note in the patient's file that read: "No African American nurse to take care of baby."
The court documents add: "African American nurses [LIKE BATTLE] were not assigned to the baby for approximately the next month because of their race."
Instead of standing up for what’s right, nurse’s supervisor chose to assign the baby to another nurse. That was after the father allegedly pulled up his sleeve and revealed a tattoo believed to be a Swastika.
Wow. That’s horrible.
Are we back in the early and mid-1900s?
The court documents say: "She [BATTLE] was shocked, offended and in disbelief that she was so egregiously discriminated against based on her race and re-assigned."
WNEM TV5 reports the lawsuit also claims a staff meeting was held to inform the nurses of the father’s demands and that a new policy regarding the child had been instituted.
Tonya Battle has worked at the hospital since 1988. To read the full complaint, click here.
This is a disgrace.