The EEOC will conduct annual non-discrimination training for the management staff of the
hospital and partner with the hospital on a variety of programs and initiatives aimed at educating
and developing youth from Flint and the surrounding Genesee County community as part of a five-year
pleased that we are able to engage in this partnership and receive the expert resources of
the EEOC in a collaborative fashion,” Melany Gavulic, Hurley
president and CEO, said in a statement sent to The Flint Journal by the EEOC. “All of these
initiatives, in partnership with the EEOC, will continue to move us forward in our
unending commitment to provide clinical excellence and service to people.”
Hurley could not be reached for further comment Friday
The agreement also includes a
variety of internal programs focused on workforce development involving youth in the
The hospital agreed to pay
nearly $200,000 in March to settle a lawsuit that claimed the hospital discriminated against a
nurse when it refused to let her treat an infant because she is black.
Nurse Tonya Battle, who works in the hospital’s neonatal
intensive care unit, filed a lawsuit claiming the hospital discriminated against her when it fulfilled a father’s
request not to let black nurses treat his child. Both sides announced they settled the
suit Feb. 22. The terms of the settlement were not immediately disclosed.
Hurley agreed to pay Battle $110,000 as part of the
settlement. Hurley also agreed to pay two other employees, Lakisha Bah Stewart and Latoya, $41,250
each to settle the claims.
Butler, who also work at the hospital, were added to the discrimination lawsuit as part of an amended complaint. Both
are also black.
The hospital also
agreed to staff an “employee advocate” and undertake a “root cause analysis”
with the goal of creating an action plan, according to the settlement agreement.
The employee advocate would deal with hospital administration
and work on behalf of the hospital’s employees.
The father, who was not named in the lawsuit, told the supervisor that he did
not want a black nurse taking care of his baby, the suit alleges. The father allegedly rolled up his
sleeve and showed a tattoo that was believed to be a swastika while talking with the supervisor, the
According to the discrimination lawsuit, the supervisor then reassigned the
infant to a different nurse and posted a note stating, “No African American nurse to take care
of baby,” on the assignment clipboard.
A lawsuit is still outstanding against the hospital over the incident.
Another lawsuit over the incident is still ongoing. It
involves a fourth nurse, Carlotta Armstrong.
The lawsuit, filed in February, echoes the claims made by Battle.
Attorney Tom Pabst, who represents Armstrong, said depositions
in the case prove that Hurley has not been forthright in explaining how it handled the issue and he
looks forward to the truth being presented at trial.
“I think people should know what Hurley did,” Pabst said.
Pabst said he hopes the case will go to trial
by the end of the year.
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