FLINT, Mich. (AP) – An African-American nurse has filed a lawsuit against a Michigan hospital that she says agreed to a man's request that no black nurses care for his newborn. Forty-nine-year-old Tonya Battle told the Detroit Free Press she didn't 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. Battle's lawsuit claims a note was posted on an assignment clipboard reading “No African American nurse to take care of baby.” She says that later was removed, but claims black nurses weren’t assigned to the baby's care for about a month. Hurley President Melany Gavulic said in a statement Tuesday that the father showed Battle's supervisor a swastika tattoo, which angered the staff. She said supervisors were concerned for the staff's safety.