Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Haitian nurse sues NY Hospital for discrimination and racial taunts

A Haitian nurse has filed a lawsuit against a New York hospital for discrimination, claiming she was fired after complaining that several white staffers discriminated against her, minority patients and their families and that a co-worker mocked her with a voodoo doll because of her nationality.

Diana St Gerard, 64, who worked in the mental health unit at Mercy Medical Center in Rockville Centre in Long Island, a New York City suburb, said in the lawsuit that she was also mocked by colleagues who said her Haitian accent was “irritating”.

According to the suit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, St Gerard said co-workers complained that the goat meat and Haitian food she brought to work was too spicy and stank up the lunchroom, and that colleagues repeatedly asked her whether she practiced “black magic” or voodoo.

In addition, the lawsuit claims that a nurse told St. Gerard that she looked like a voodoo doll and wondered why she had light-colored skin since she came from a country of “dark-skinned people”.

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