Black Nurse Barred From Handling White Baby

A black nurse in Michigan is suing the hospital where is is employed after being barred from caring for a white newborn.


Tonya Battle, an African-American nurse in Flint, Mich., is suing her Hurley Medical Center employer for discrimination after she was instructed to stay away from a white newborn, writes the Daily News.

The lawsuit states: "The father told the [nurse in charge] that he did not want [any] 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.

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 that a meeting was then held to tell staff about the new policy regarding the baby.

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."

Read more at the Daily News.

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