A nurse at Northampton County’s Gracedale Nursing Home has filed a civil suit against the facility, claiming racial discrimination and retaliation by the nursing home for filing a complaint at the state and federal levels.
LehighVallyLive.com reports that the nurse, an African American female, claims when she reported to her supervisor that a resident’s family member called her a racial slur, that the supervisor told her “maybe you should try being nicer” and “get over it, it’s just a word.”
The nurse also claimed that she was retaliated against when she filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She said other employees were granted time off, but when she requested a day off to celebrate her anniversary with her husband, her request was denied.
In the lawsuit, the nurse is seeking back pay from the period she was terminated; reimbursement for unused sick, vacation, and personal days; and tuition reimbursement for a class she took.
A county-owned nursing home, Gracedale has been part of a tug-of-war between those who believe selling Gracedale to a private company will mean more quality services, versus those who are afraid a private company may discriminate against those who cannot afford its services.
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