Racial Nursing Discrimination | New Jersey Discrimination Lawyers

By Thomas McKinney

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.

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About the Author
Tom McKinney is an experienced NJ Employment Lawyer in all major areas of labor and employment law, including discrimination, harassment, overtime violations, wage and hour claims, sexual harassment, wrongful discharge, Title VII, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, LAD, FLSA, and all other employment law claims. Tom is admitted to practice in the States of New Jersey and New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey, and United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Prior to forming the firm, Tom practiced at Gibbons P.C. in Newark, NJ. If you have any questions regarding this article, contact Tom here today.