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FLINT, Mich. An African-American nurse claims a Michigan hospital agreed to a man s request that no black nurses care for his newborn.

Forty-nine-year-old Tonya Battle tells the Detroit Free Press she didn t know how to react when she learned about the request in October at Hurley Medical Center in Flint. Battle sued last month in Genesee Circuit Court seeking punitive damages.

Battle s lawsuit claims 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 claims black nurses weren t assigned to the baby s care for about a month.

Hurley President Melany Gavulic said in a statement Tuesday the father showed Battle s supervisor a swastika tattoo, which angered the staff. She says supervisors were concerned for the staff s safety.
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