Nurses claim discrimination in lawsuits against NJ hospital

Four lawsuits filed on behalf of former nurses of Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., claim the nurses faced months of racial and disability discrimination before they were unjustly fired.  

One of the suits was filed on behalf of Gabriella Bryson, an African American woman who worked at the hospital as a medical assistant. She claims she was subjected to slurs based on her race from one supervisor and that another supervisor made racist comments around her. In her lawsuit, Ms. Bryson says she was fired in June 2015 and replaced with a white employee, according to The Trentonian.

Two other former nurses at Capital Health Regional Medical Center claim they were also subjected to racial discrimination. Krystine Agtuca, RN, and Cecilia Hancock, who worked at the hospital as a medical assistant, allege coworkers made fun of their Filipino accents. Ms. Agtuca was fired in June 2015 and Ms. Hancock was fired in February 2015, and both claim they were replaced by white employees.

The fourth lawsuit was brought on behalf of Kathleen Menhold, who worked at the hospital as a nurse practitioner. She claims she was unjustly fired in May 2015 based on her disability. Ms. Menhold began working at the hospital as a nurse in 2013, but she was left disabled by a car crash in March 2015. Although she could still perform her duties with accommodations for her disability, Ms. Menhold alleges she was fired in May 2015.

Ms. Menhold further alleges that the hospital retaliated against her for refusing to prescribe medication to patients when she thought they were abusing drugs and objecting to racial discrimination that she witnessed.

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