Despite the advancements in our society to eliminate racial discrimination, there are still many forms of it occurring. When racial discrimination in the workplace happens, it is important for employers to be made aware of it and to take immediate action to address the issue. Most New Yorkers would think of such workplace discrimination as being persecuted for being of a specific race or overlooked for promotions and opportunities due to the color of one's skin. However, employees may be able to bring legal action against an employer for allowing customers and even patients to discriminate against them.
This is the message that is coming across in one race discrimination lawsuit that involves a nurse and the hospital she works for. Apparently, a white father told a supervisor that he did not want that nurse caring for his newborn child because she is African-American. The nurse claims in her lawsuit that the hospital obeyed the father's request, posting a note to that effect, and that no nurse of that race was assigned to care for the baby the entire time it was in the hospital.
The father, who was described as having white supremacist beliefs, should not have had his request granted, the nurse says. The hospital settled with the nurse for an undisclosed amount and announced that changes will be made relating to the handling of such requests.
New York hospitals and businesses may want to also examine their policies relating to patient requests and race discrimination to ensure that they are adhering to the law. For those who feel that they have been discriminated against in any way, because of the color of their skin, they may want to consider talking to an attorney.
Source: 5 WNEM, "Hurley settles race discrimination lawsuit," Andrew Keller, Feb. 22, 2013