Mary Free Bed discrimination suit thrown out

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. (Courtesy its website)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One of two discrimination lawsuits against Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital has been dismissed.

Both lawsuits were filed in late 2013 by African-American employees and claim Mary Free Bed discriminated against them and others in 2010 by granting a patient’s request not to have African Americans involved in the patient’s treatment. Mary Free Bed granted the request, but some African-American employees occasionally cared for the patient regardless due to staffing needs.

Friday, a federal judge sided with Mary Free Bed in the case filed by Jill Crane, a former nursing supervisor.

She claimed Mary Free Bed changed patient care assignments based on race due to a patient’s request and passed her over for promotion based on her race and past complaints.

The judge found that there was no evidence that Crane’s job was adversely impacted by the patient’s race-based request and that she could not prove the promotion was denied to her based on her race.

Timika Foster has made similar claims in her lawsuit against Mary Free Bed.

The rehabilitation hospital has asked a judge to dismiss that lawsuit as well, but the judge has yet to rule.

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