African American Nurse Sues Hospital Over Alleged Racist Note

Posted By Urban News Hour | February 18, 2013

FLINT, MI (WNEM) – A nurse is suing Hurley Medical Center over allegations of discrimination.

A lawsuit filed against Hurley claims she found a note in a patient’s file stating, “No African American nurse to take care of baby.”

According to court documents, the nurse was caring for a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when the baby’s father asked to speak with a supervisor. The lawsuit states he told the nurse in charge that he didn’t want any African Americans taking care of his baby, then he pulled up a sleeve showing a tattoo believed to be a Swastika.

The lawsuit states the baby was re-assigned to another nurse.

Court documents read “[She] was shocked, offended and in disbelief that she was so egregiously discriminated against based on her race and re-assigned.”

An attorney for the nurse said when the nurse returned to work the next day she found the note posted on the assignment clipboard.

The nurse has worked at the hospital since 1988. To read the full complaint, click here.

WNEM TV5 reached out to Hurley Medical Center and they released this statement, “Hurley Medical Center does not comment on past or current litigation.”




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