Black Nurses Sue Over Not Being Allowed to Care for White Patients

November 1, 2011  |  

Four women in Cobb County, GA, are filing a civil rights lawsuit against nursing company Accord Services for not sending black nurses to take care of white patients.

Tracee Goodman, a former Accord Services Human Resources employee, said before she placed someone in a position she was blatantly asked what color she was and her age.

Another former employee, Erika Arnold, who was terminated by the company, told a local news station, “You could hear something from ‘We can’t use a nurse because they were too ghetto’ [to] ‘This client doesn’t prefer foreigners’ and ‘Black women are not professional.’”

Accord’s administrator says the claims are completely false, but the four women plan to go forward in their quest for monetary damages due to the company’s practices.


Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.




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