Fury as hospital tells two African American staff they cannot care for white patient who requested that no black staff touch him
- Nursing assistant Andrea Butler said that she was ‘hurt’ by the request
- White patient demanded that he is not care for by African American nurses
- Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility said they must respect the wishes of their patients
By Jaymi McCann Daily Mail PUBLISHED: 25 July 2013
Two African American care home employees have accused their bosses of stopping them working with a white patient as he refused to be cared for by black people.
Nursing assistant Andrea Butler said: ‘[I’ve] never, ever been treated like this before. It hurts, it really hurts, especially because I’m there to take care of them.’
She added that she was told of the news in front of staff and residents in the care home.
The resident had complained of being bruised by an African American employee, but later admitted that the story was not true. She claims that the situations are very similar.
She said: ‘It’s outrageous that a medical facility would grant this request, especially on the heels of the battle against Hurley Medical Centre case, that there was a public outcry that a patient’s request based on race would be granted.’
‘In my legal opinion, a patient can not request somebody to not work with them based on race. This is clearly illegal under federal law, I believe it’s illegal under state law as well.’
The hospital was approached by TV5. Facility administrator Rick Cordonnier said: ‘We are protecting staff members from potential allegations.’
He said that they need to respect patient’s request for their care, and would treat the situation the same if they did not want someone of the opposite gender.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2377633/Fury-hospital-tells-African-American-staff-care-white-patient-requested-black-staff-touch-him.html#ixzz2a3TD0xMy
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook