Wisconsin residents may be interested in an employment discrimination case with a bit of a twist. The case involves a nurse who is suing the hospital where she works for honoring a father's request that no black nurses be assigned to care for his newborn baby. The nurse, who is African-American, says the hospital reassigned her to different duties in order to accommodate the man's request.
The baby remained in the unit for the next month. During that time, the hospital did not assign any black nurses to the baby despite being advised by its lawyers that it should not continue to honor the father's request. Both federal and state law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against any employee on the basis of race or any other protected class status. This prohibition applies to every aspect of the employment relationship, including hiring, pay, job assignments and termination. An employee who experiences unlawful discrimination in employment could bring a claim for damages.
Source: NBC News, "Hospital granted dad", JoNel Aleccia, May 19, 2013