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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:09 PM

Racist father forbid AA nurse to handle new baby ~Hospital obliges

A nurse is suing a hospital, claiming it agreed to man's request that no African-Americans care for his baby.

The lawsuit accuses managers at Hurley Medical Center in Flint of reassigning Tonya Battle, who has worked at the facility for 25 years, based on the color of her skin.

The man approached Battle, while she was caring for his child in the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, asking to speak to her supervisor, according to the complaint filed in January by Battle's attorney.

She pointed the charge nurse in his direction.

The man, who is not named in the filing, allegedly showed her a tattoo that may have been "a swastika of some kind" and told her that he didn't want African-Americans involved in his baby's care.


http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/16/us/michigan-hospital-discrimination/index.html

WTF! How could the hospital allow this, and why does the racist asshole father get to keep his anonymity?

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Reply Racist father forbid AA nurse to handle new baby ~Hospital obliges (Original post)
boston bean Feb 2013 OP
MotherPetrie Feb 2013 #1
madashelltoo Feb 2013 #2
boston bean Feb 2013 #3
madashelltoo Feb 2013 #10
elleng Feb 2013 #4
boston bean Feb 2013 #5
elleng Feb 2013 #6
DirkGently Feb 2013 #7
JimDandy Feb 2013 #8
Nine Feb 2013 #17
JimDandy Feb 2013 #21
Nine Feb 2013 #27
JimDandy Feb 2013 #30
OceanEcosystem Feb 2013 #9
shraby Feb 2013 #11
lunatica Feb 2013 #29
JimDandy Feb 2013 #31
calimary Feb 2013 #12
magical thyme Feb 2013 #13
Deep13 Feb 2013 #14
Nine Feb 2013 #16
Deep13 Feb 2013 #24
Nine Feb 2013 #26
angstlessk Feb 2013 #15
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #18
uponit7771 Feb 2013 #25
obamanut2012 Feb 2013 #28
freshwest Feb 2013 #19
Ilsa Feb 2013 #20
RB TexLa Feb 2013 #22
Tom Ripley Feb 2013 #23

Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:16 PM

1. Good questions. I would like to know too. Let him take his kid to a KKK hospital.

 

If he can find one.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:19 PM

2. That happened to my sister 50 years ago

At Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and they did NOT side with the parent. She had one child who was so afraid of the African American staff members they had to find him everytime they needed to treat him. Ignorance never dies. Just ignorant people.

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Response to madashelltoo (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:21 PM

3. not following.

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Response to boston bean (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:51 PM

10. My sister was African American nurse

In this situation more than once 50 years ago. White family members often complained and were outright rude to African American doctors, nurses, aides, etc. They were also rude to other minorities who worked there too. The hospital did not shift staff, especially for critical care patients, like NICU babies.

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Response to elleng (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:25 PM

5. would you like me to delete for dupe? nt

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Response to boston bean (Reply #5)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:26 PM

6. No, not at all.

Was a rather vigorous discussion. Thought you'd be interested to know.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:27 PM

7. Boggling if the allegations are true. Why would the hospital think

... for a second this wouldn't be racial discrimination? "No, we won't do that. No, we're not sorry. Your move, Nazi Dad."

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:33 PM

8. My first concern

would be the safety of a A-A employee, if someone showed me a swastika tatoo (an implied threat) and demanded that the A-A employee not care for his child. I suspect that some law prohibited the hospital from discharging the child as a response to his father's threat. I don't know if they could have prohibited the father from entering the hospital as a solution to the problem.

Apparently, the nurse felt they should have let her continue to care for the child even under threat of harm to herself. I hoped they reassigned her for her safety and not any other reason. Looks like a law suit for the hospital was in the making no matter what choice they made.


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Response to JimDandy (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:25 PM

17. We can't cower in fear every time someone has a scary tattoo.

Nor should we compromise our principles and break the law. If he's a threat, call the police. And the nurse who is suing was not the only black nurse on staff. Everyone was affected by this.

I could see reassigning as an emergency measure just until they could speak to security and hospital lawyer and other relevant supervisors, but this went on for much longer than just a shift or two. This continued unofficially for a whole month even after the hospital's own lawyer said it was illegal.

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Response to Nine (Reply #17)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:23 PM

21. There were two opposing principles at play here.

Safety FIRST! The threat was real.

"I could see reassigning as an emergency measure just until they could speak to security and hospital lawyer and other relevant supervisors, but this went on for much longer than just a shift or two. This continued unofficially for a whole month even after the hospital's own lawyer said it was illegal."

Didn't know this. I totally agree. Where did you find that info?

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Response to Nine (Reply #27)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 03:32 PM

30. The hospital really did screw up.

Taking care of an immediate threat is one thing, but weeks of pandering to the father--good grief!

"ABC12 has obtained a copy of a note the lawsuit claims was prominently posted on the assignment clipboard. It reads "Please, No African American Nurses to care for Baby per Dad's request. Thank you."

At some point after, according to the lawsuit, a Hurley attorney advised the nurse manager they couldn't do what they were doing and the father was told his request could not continue.

"After that, there still was this practice to discriminate against the African American employees and no African American nurses cared for that baby," said Julie Gafkay, who is the attorney for the nurse who is suing."


Hope she wins big.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 07:35 PM

9. There's already the same thread elsewhere. n/t.

 

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:12 PM

11. Something that egregious needs as many threads as it takes to make the even known.

Whether 1 or 20 threads, it makes no difference if someone hasn't seen it yet.

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Response to OceanEcosystem (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:35 AM

29. I didn't see the other thread, but I saw this one

I would have missed it altogether. Such is the nature of DU. Threads sink.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #29)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 05:42 PM

31. Same here.

More exposure of an injustice can never hurt. The old marketing saw on effective frequency fits here: It takes a certain number of exposures to a message "before a response is made and before exposure is considered wasteful".

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:13 PM

12. What was this dad afraid of? That it'd rub off?

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:29 PM

13. Disgraceful on the part of hospital management

Per the article, they placed a note on the baby's chart specifying no African American staff to attend.

Left it there for a month before their law dept. found out and forced them to remove it and at long last tell the racist pig father they couldn't honor his demand.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 09:34 PM

14. They allow it because he's the father.

Yeah, it's reprehensible and I feel bad for that kid to be growing up with hateful values, but the hospital has to respect the wished of the parents.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #14)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:16 PM

16. It was well established in the other thread that the hospital had no such obligation to the father.

The hospital lawyer said as much. The hospital officially stopped the practice after the hospital lawyer instructed them to, but unofficially it continued for another month.

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Response to Nine (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 12:52 AM

24. Well, I didn't see the other thread.

I don't live here.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #24)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:23 AM

26. Well, that's why I was providing the information again.

And I don't live here either.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:04 PM

15. I remember being shocked at a fellow employee at a bank where I worked

she stated she wanted to become a teacher..and in the same breath she declared she had been to the emergency room and there was a Chinese (Asian) doctor and she felt his head was too small to contain a brain smart enough to be a doctor...and felt she should have an American doctor to care for her..

Like I said I was shocked.....she wanted to be a TEACHER!

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:27 PM

18. Employers are not allowed to discriminate to appease racist customers. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 06:03 AM

25. +1

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #18)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:31 AM

28. Yup, as I said in the other thread

Patients, clients, vendors, students, etc. It is illegal.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:47 PM

19. FFS. Someone tell SFB skin color can't be passed on. Can't believe he got away with this!



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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 10:53 PM

20. The hospital should have

staffed the neonatal nursery entirely (as much as possible) with AA nurses on as many shifts until baby was discharged. That might have changed the game on him.

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:26 PM

22. I'd obliged him and his baby right out to the fucking gutter

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Response to boston bean (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM

23. Dumbass racist-come-lately. That would be considered fucked up even in the Antebellum South!

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