Nurse Sues, Says Hospital Allowed Racist Dad's Demand
Kept black nurses from baby: lawsuit
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2013 1:25 PM CST
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(Newser) – A black nurse in Michigan has sued her employer, charging that the hospital assented to a white father's demand that no African-Americans handle his baby, reports CNN. Tonya Battle says she learned of the demand when the father himself approached her as she held the baby, showed her a tattoo that resembled a swastika, and asked to speak to her supervisor. He then relayed that he wanted no black people near his child, says the lawsuit.

When Battle arrived at work the next day, she saw a note on the nursing clipboard that read, "No African-American nurse to take care of this baby," reports the Daily Mail. A hospital lawyer eventually got the note removed, but the father's request was honored for about a month, says the suit. (The baby was in the hospital's neonatal ICU.)

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Alice4justice
Feb 18, 2013 9:28 PM CST
Sorry, that man should counter-sue the hospital's "black" employee for going ape/chit and assassinating his "white" character. May I remind you p/c twits that black people are often the most racist and/or abusive workers to your face and behind your back -- in all vocations and professions. They refer to white-complexion individuals as "a cracker" without caucasian people exploding into tears or retaliating in a shooting spree. If the Father of a new-born is paying the freight (hospital bills), it is his perogative to ask that his child is not cared for by an objectible nurse as it was for Beyonce pulling her diva demands when her baby Ivy was born. Interestingly, black people don't seem to have similar qualms over the fact that most of them discriminate against white elderly and/or handicapped people by hogging up the disabled person stall because it is larger than the toilet stall designated for non-disabled individuals.
sheryl
Feb 18, 2013 5:53 PM CST
people will sue for anything! although it was wrong what the guy did, you have the right to refuse any nurse or dr that you want, when a patient in a hospital, black or not!!! The lawyer who accepted this case is prob an ambulance chaser anyway! REDICULOUS!!!!!!! I AM SO TIRED of this: I AM BLACK AND I AM GETTING PICKED ON AND NOW I WILL SUE YOU!!!!
greyeyedgirl
Feb 18, 2013 5:33 AM CST
Had that been me, I would have been fine then if something would have happened I would not be blamed for it, hell he could have done something to his child and blame the black nurse for it and sue the hospital.