Nursing home that posted a 'no colored nurses' order reaches settlement with NY attorney general

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A New York nursing home that accommodated a racist resident by barring black workers from certain areas of the facility has entered into a legal settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Leaders at the 120-bed Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rome violated workplace nondiscrimination laws, according to an investigation launched last year by Schneiderman's office. Because a white resident refused to have any black caregivers, the facility reassigned black nurses and posted a care plan in the unit that stated “No Colored Nurses,” according to the settlement.

The privately owned facility has agreed to revamp its nondiscrimination policy and complaints process. It will hire a third-party consultant to conduct training, and the facility will provide regular reports to the state, the AG's office announced. The facility also has agreed that it will not retaliate against the workers who participated in the investigation.

“Each day, we are confronted with bitter reminders of ongoing discrimination faced by African American and other underserved communities in the workplace,” said Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of the Urban League. “I applaud the Attorney General's Office for enforcing our anti-discrimination laws and taking steps to ensure that all employees are treated equally, regardless of race.”

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