Nov 2, 2011

Four former staffers at an Atlanta area company that provides in-home nursing services are suing their former employer because of the company's alleged practice of steering black nurses away from the homes of white clients. The four plantiffs make up a diverse group. Two are African America, one is Caucasian, and the other is a permanent U.S resident from Kenya. Their names are Erika Arnold, Tracee Goodman, Debra Trawick and Christine Muchene.

Here is how the plantiffs describe the situation at Accord Services:

Former staffers at Accord Services said the company would describe nurses as “too black, too ethnic, and too old or too ghetto" in deciding whether to send them to a home, according to a federal lawsuit.

"Defendants intentionally discriminated against black applicants and employees, including both African Americans and Africans, in favor of Caucasian and Hispanic applicants and employees," said the lawsuit, which seeks monetary damages.

The company is denying any wrongdoing and labeling the women as no more than a bunch of disgruntle former employeess:

"I read the allegation, and it is completely false," administrator Freddy Allen told Channel 2 Action News. He noted that the company has black nurses who have worked for Accord Services for almost a decade.


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