POSTED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 6:09pm
New York nursing home reaches discrimination settlement after reassigning African American staff away from one unit and hanging "No Colored Nurses" sign. Joleen Ferris reports.
(WKTV) New York's State Attorney General's Office on Tuesday announced a settlement with Betsy Ross Nursing Home in Rome following an investigation into racist practices at the facility.
In a news release, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the home accomodated the racially discriminatory preferences of a patient who did not want to be seen or treated by black nurses by reassigning the nurses to another unit of the facility, barring black employees from working in the unit and posting an order that read, "No Colored Nurses" in the unit.
"My initial reaction was, 'Are you kidding'?" said Rome NAACP Chapter President Phonon Perrilloux.
"It's something that should have been taken care of right inside the nursing home, and I think they had the ability to do it. The courage to do it is something different."
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