Nurse says hospital granted dad
An African-American nurse claims a Michigan hospital agreed to a manís request that no black nurses care for his newborn.
Forty-nine-year-old Tonya Battle tells the Detroit Free Press she didnít know how to react when she learned about the request in October at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Battle sued last month in Genesee Circuit Court seeking punitive damages.
Battleís lawsuit claims a note was posted on an assignment clipboard reading ďNo African American nurse to take care of baby.Ē She says it was later removed, but claims black nurses werenít assigned to the babyís care for about a month.
Hurley President Melany Gavulic said in a statement Tuesday the father showed Battleís supervisor a swastika tattoo, which angered the staff. She says supervisors were concerned for the staffís safety.
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