A.G. says Rome nursing home barred African-American nurses from caring for racist patient

The State Attorney Generalâ??s Office has announced a settlement with a local nursing home, which they say discriminated against African-American employees at the request of a white patient.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced the results of an investigation into alleged discrimination at the Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rome. The A.G.â??s Office says complaints against the facility alleged â??The nursing home accommodated the racially discriminatory preferences of a patient who did not want to be seen or treated by African-American nurses. The nursing home responded by reassigning all African-American nurses to another unit of the facility, barring African-American employees from working in the unit, and posting an order that read â??No Colored Nursesâ?? in the unit.â??

The A.G.â??s Office says under terms of the settlement, the facility â??â?¦has agreed to implement new policies and reforms to protect the rights of employees and to ensure a nondiscriminatory environment for all employees going forward.â?? The office says Betsy Ross will implement an anti-discrimination and reporting policy, conduct diversity training, post public notices regarding the nursing homeâ??s commitment to nondiscrimination, and provide progress reports for the next three years.

Schneiderman also says the facility has agreed not to retaliate against any employees who took part in the investigation.

â??The fact that nearly 50 years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some New Yorkers are still subject to racial discrimination at work â?? or anywhere â?? is shocking and unacceptable,â?? Schneiderman said in a news release. â??Sadly, this case demonstrates that racism is still alive, and that we must be aggressive and unwavering in rooting out racial discrimination by employers.â??

Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a private 120 bed nursing home that provides care for senior citizens.