Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the settlement of an investigation by his office against Betsy Ross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located in Rome for discrimination on the basis of race against African-American employees. Betsy Ross is a private, for-profit, 120-bed nursing home facility that provides long-term care, rehabilitative services and other treatment to senior citizens.
Attorney General Schneiderman’s office opened an investigation after receiving multiple complaints about discrimination in the assignments of African-American nurses at the nursing home. Specifically, the complaints alleged that 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 “No Colored Nurses” in the unit.
“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 – or anywhere – is shocking and unacceptable,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Sadly, this case demonstrates that racism is still alive, and that we must be aggressive and unwavering in rooting out racial discrimination by employers.”