A nurse in a Detroit hospital sued for racial discrimination claiming the hospital honored the request of a man asking that African-American nurses be banned from caring for his newborn child. The man wore a swastika tattoo on his arm in plain view of the nurse. The hospital, Hurley Medical Center, quickly settled that lawsuit by neonatal nurse Tonya Battle. Ms. Battle’s lawsuit accused hospital staff of posting a note on an assignment clipboard saying that African-American nurses could not care for the newborn. The baby’s father had made the request after he found Battle caring for the baby, Battle said. The note later was removed, but African-American nurses were not assigned to care for the infant for about a month, according to the lawsuit filed in January.
A second nurse is now suing the hospital arising from the same racist request.