Oneida County Nursing Home Settles Racial Discrimination Suit
New York has reached a settlement in an investigation into the Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center located in Rome, NY. The nursing home was cited for discrimination on the basis of race against African-American employees.
The investigation was opened after the state attorney general’s office received multiple complaints about discrimination in the assignments of African-American nurses at the home. The complaints alleged that the nursing home accommodated the racially discriminatory preferences of a patient who did not want treatment from African–American nurses. Because of this the home re-assigned all African-Americans to another unit of the facility, baring them from working in the unit.
As part of the settlement the center will implement a comprehensive anti-discrimination policy, retain a third party consultant to conduct training of all employees, post public notices saying the nursing home is committed to non-discrimination, and will not retaliate against current or former employees who participated in the investigation.