The Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility in Corunna, Mich., has gone along with a white patient’s request to not be cared for by black people. The nursing home said they must respect the wishes of their patients.
“[I've] never, ever been treated like this before,” nursing assistant Andrea Butler said. “It hurts, it really hurts, especially because I'm there to take care of them.”
Butler 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 he later admitted that the story was false.
TV5 reached out to the Shiawassee County Medical Care Facility for comment. Facility administrator Rick Cordonnier confirmed the employee's information and said the facility is complying with the patient's wishes in barring African-American employees from caring for him. He told TV5 the facility follows the same policy if a resident does not want care from an employee of the opposite gender.
"We are protecting staff members from potential allegations," Cordonnier said. He also noted the facility does need to comply with resident's preferences for care.
Cordonnier told TV5 he was not familiar with the incident involving the white resident complaining of being bruised by an African-American, but then retracted that statement.
Butler says she's still not sure what actions she'll take, but wants to give her employer a little bit of time to address the situation and rectify it.