Settlement over race-based request included money

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FLINT, Mich. — Documents show a Michigan hospital agreed to pay an undisclosed amount of money as part of a settlement following an accusation that it agreed to a man’s request that no black nurses care for his newborn.

The settlement agreement was released Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by Hurley Medical Center in Flint following a request from a local news outlet.

The suit was filed by nurse Tonya Battle, who alleged a note was posted on an assignment clipboard reading, “No African American nurse to take care of baby.”

She says it was later removed, but that Black nurses weren’t assigned to the baby’s care. Battle and the hospital say the father showed Battle’s supervisor a swastika tattoo.

Some other nurses joined the suit. Settlement terms weren’t released when the settlement was announced last month.

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