African American Nurse Banned From Handling White Newborn Baby
A Michigan nurse claims she was banned from caring for a newborn child because of her skin color.
Tonya Battle is suing her employers at Hurley Medical Center, in Flint, after they ordered her not to look after the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit following a request from its father, WNEM reports.
The lawsuit states: “The father told the [nurse in charge] that he did not want and 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.
Battle, an employee at Hurley Medical Center, says she saw a note in the patient’s file that read: “No African American nurse to take care of baby.”
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.”