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February 18th, 2013
08:16 AM ET

Lawsuit: Race-based request sidelined Michigan nurse

By Ben Brumfield, CNN

(CNN) - A nurse is suing a hospital, claiming it agreed to a man's request that no African-Americans care for his baby.

The lawsuit accuses managers at Hurley Medical Center in Flint of reassigning Tonya Battle, who has worked at the facility for 25 years, based on the color of her skin.

The man approached Battle, while she was caring for his child in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, asking to speak to her supervisor, according to the complaint filed in January by Battle's attorney.

She pointed the charge nurse in his direction.

The man, who is not named in the filing, allegedly showed her a tattoo that may have been "a swastika of some kind" and told her that he didn't want African-Americans involved in his baby's care.

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  1. Jorge

    There are people out there in the healthcare industry who are like healing angels, both black and white, but there are people out there that if I was on my deathbed and they tried to touch me, I would stab in an eyeball with my I.V. needle.

    February 22, 2013 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jim

    The story is not that HE does not like black people. The story is that the hospital did not stand behind the quality of work of their long-time employee and gave into a racist's wishes. Were they worried more about loosing a billing oportunity then giving excellent care?

    February 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |