A Michigan hospital is under fire after a lawsuit claims it fulfilled a father’s request to have no black nurses look after his baby in the neonatal intensive care unit last fall.
This followed a staff meeting and a call to the nurse's home to inform her of the decision, according to the complaint.
A hospital lawyer eventually told the staff this was illegal, but the lawsuit alleges that black nurses were intentionally not assigned to the baby for the remainder of its stay in the hospital over the next month.
The hospital CEO spoke at a news conference after the local chapter of Al Sharpton's National Action Network held a press conference at the hospital to demand answers.
"The father was informed that his request could not be granted, and as a result, all nurses remained available to care for his baby," Hurley CEO Melany Gavulic said. "We appreciate the community's concern and involvement today, as we publicly clarify the facts of this case. The medical center looks forward to a quick and amicable resolution."
The nurse had been employed at Hurley for 25 years. She is seeking damages for her distress, harassment and humiliation.
"She's going to win this lawsuit. The real question is what's it worth," local attorney Tom Pabst told . He is not involved in the lawsuit. "If you grant such a request, you're engaging in unlawful conduct."