A nurse from Dearborn, Michigan is suing her employer, Beaumont Hospital, for allegedly following via with a affected person’s racist request to take away her from their care as a result of she is Black.
Teoka Williams believes her civil rights had been violated, feeling, “humiliated, embarrassed, and upset,” after the October 2017 incident the place she overheard considered one of her sufferers saying she didn’t need a “Black bitch” caring for her, based on Black Information.
Williams proceeded to inform the scientific supervisor what she’d heard, anticipating they wouldn’t accommodate requests primarily based on race. Nonetheless, Williams was ultimately forbidden to enter the room whereas nonetheless being anticipated to present reviews when her shift was over. She additionally claims she wasn’t allowed to deal with sufferers sharing the room with the racist.
When Williams approached human assets in regards to the difficulty, she claims she was advised affected person requests are honored on a regular basis, and that she’d doubtless be faraway from the project altogether if there have been one other grievance.
The medical skilled filed her lawsuit Monday and is searching for compensatory and punitive damages.
“[The lawsuit] is about being denied the chance to do your job duties primarily based in your race, and being segregated out of your job duties primarily based in your race, mentioned her lawyer, Julie Gafkay in an announcement.
Beaumont Hospital has not addressed the incident particularly, however has launched this assertion:
“Our highest precedence is offering a protected atmosphere that’s free from discrimination for each our sufferers and employees, and delivering care with compassion, dignity and respect.”