African-American Nurse Sues, Says Hospital Allowed Racist Dad’s Demand

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  • Tonya Battle, a black nurse out of Michigan, is suing her employer alleging that the hospital acquiesced to a dad’s racist demands.

    According to Battle, the father demanded that no black nurses handle his white baby. She says that the father approached her while she was holding his son and then demanded to speak to her supervisor.

    Battle’s charge nurse says the man revealed a tattoo of what resembled a swastika on his arm to her.

    The Daily Mail reports that the next day, when Battle returned to work she saw a note on a nursing clip board that read “no African-American nurses to take care of this baby.”

    The father’s request lasted for a month before a hospital lawyer had it removed.

    Battle is seeking compensation for emotional stress and defamation of character through the lawsuit.

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