Tonya Battle, a nurse with 25 years of experience, is suing Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Michigan, for honoring the request of a father who asked that no African-American nurses be allowed to take care of his baby while in the NICU. Battle’s complaint says that “the newborn’s father showed her supervisor a swastika of some kind and asked that no black people be involved in his child’s care,” according to The Huffington Post.
CNN reports, “Battle’s manager called her at home to tell her she would be reassigned — and why.” After she was taken off the case, the hospital formally objected to the decision, but it never placed the infant back in her care or the care of any other black nurse. “A note made its way to a prominent spot on the baby’s medical chart, according to the suit: ‘Please, no African-American nurses to care for … baby per dad’s request,'” says CNN.
It’s unbelievable to me that there are Americans that think the hospital not only had a right to but had no choice but to honor this father’s request. A hospital would never be allowed to deny a patient care based on the color of their skin; so how could anyone justify denying that a nurse care for a patient based on the color of her skin? Lord. Battle’s lawsuit has sparked interest from civil rights groups across the country. She is suing for damages based on intentional infliction of emotional distress as well as racial discrimination.