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Discrimination lawsuits mount against Hurley Medical Center

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(02/21/13) - ABC12 has uncovered another discrimination lawsuit against Hurley Medical Center and the nurse manager named in a race discrimination making headlines across the county.

ABC 12 has learned a man is suing claiming less qualified women were hired over him.

He claims there were discriminatory statements made by the same nurse manager who allegedly honored a father's request that no black nurses care for his baby.

His lawsuit was filed before the race discrimination lawsuit we first told you about in an ABC12 investigation last week.

See that story HERE.

This lawsuit stems from an alleged exchange back in late October or early November of 2011.

The person suing claims he talked to the nurse manager about seeking a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, Critical Care Technician position.

The lawsuit claims she responded to him that,"only women should work in the NICU" as well as "men did not belong in the NICU" and "she had reservations about hiring him for the position because he was a man."

Hurley attorneys have filed a response and deny the allegation because they say it is untrue.

The lawsuit also claims two woman with less education and less experience were hired instead of him.

Hurley's response states that is also untrue.  Hurley denies he was more qualified then the two candidates who were selected.

ABC12 spoke with the man's attorney who says the plaintiff has worked in the NICU before.

His attorney says he is concerned about the nurse manager's credibility in light of the race discrimination lawsuit.

The  attorney says she is scheduled to give a deposition in April.

"I have seen this before.  I've won cases like this before," said Flint Attorney Tom Pabst.

Pabst is not involved in this case.

"Her state of mind is at issue and whether or not she is predisposed to discriminate based on race, sex, religion, national origin is at issue," Pabst said.

This man is suing for at least $25,000.

A spokeswoman for Hurley responded Thursday night and said, "The claim is in litigation.  Hurley denies the allegations and will defend the case aggressively."

UPDATE: A second, race discrimination lawsuit was filed late Thursday afternoon.  See that story HERE.

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