Tonya Battle, a black nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hurley Medical Center in Michigan, has filed a lawsuit, alleging she was barred from taking care of a white baby because of the color of her skin. Tonya Battle alleges she was caring for the baby in the neonatal intensive care unit when the baby’s father asked to speak with a supervisor, saying he didn’t “want any African Americans taking care of his baby.”
Instead of standing up for what’s right, nurse’s supervisor chose to assign the baby to another nurse. That was after the father allegedly pulled up his sleeve and revealed a tattoo believed to be a Swastika. Wow. That’s horrible. Are we back in the early and mid-1900s?
The lawsuit also claims a staff meeting was held to inform the nurses of the father’s demands and that a new policy regarding the child had been instituted.
Tonya Battle has worked at the hospital since 1988. To read the full complaint, click here. This is a disgrace.