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'No black nurses' lawsuit: 2nd nurse says she was asked not to touch infant

'No black nurses' lawsuit: a second Flint, Mich. nurse sues hospital, saying she saw the notice left on a hospital assignment board that said, 'Please, No African American nurses to take care of ... baby per Dad's request.' 

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'No black nurses' lawsuit: a second nurse in Flint, Mich. claimed she saw a note in the Hurley Medical Center's neonatal care unit that said African American nurses were not to assist a particular patient's baby. Here, Rev. Charles E. William II speaks to the press outside Hurley Feb. 19.

Lauren Justice / The Flint Journal

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Where there is one, there is more. 

Just days after news spread of a nurse at a Flint, Mich. hospital who had filed a lawsuit claiming her employer granted a patient’s request not to have African-American nurses treat his baby, a second nurse has corroborated the claim in another lawsuit.

The nurse, Carlotta Anderson, claims in her lawsuit that a notice was posted on the assignment clipboard in the neonatal unit of the Hurley Medical Center on Oct. 31 that said, “No African American nurse to take care of baby.” 

Anderson’s lawyer, Tom Pabst, tells The Christian Science Monitor that the notice is unambiguous discrimination. 

“There’s no misunderstanding. They gave an instruction. No black hand touches a white baby,” he says. 

News of the first lawsuit, filed by Tonya Battle, spread, and Al Sharpton’s National Action Network held a press conference Feb. 19 in front of Hurley Medical Center to protest the notice and demand accountability.

Hurley Medical Center CEO Melany Gavulic, speaking with reporters at the press conference, denied that Hurley granted the patient’s request to have only white nurses take care of his newborn, according to The Flint Journal.

“We value the support of the patients who entrust us with their care and the dedication of our physicians and staff,” she told reporters. “This includes nurse Battle and her quarter century of professionalism and dedication.”

Hurley Medical Center was not immediately available for comment.

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