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Chaney v. Plainfield, 7th Cir., No. 09-3661, 7/20/10

Articles Discussing Case:

Patient’s or Customer’s Preferences May Not Be A Defense to Discrimination Claims.

Franczek Radelet P.C • July 29, 2010
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a nursing home maintained a racially hostile working environment by accommodating its residents’ requests to be treated by white-only personnel and by terminating the plaintiff, a black nursing assistant, for an alleged workplace infraction. Chaney v. Plainfield Health Center

Patient's preference for white aides does not trump health care employer's duty to its employees to abstain from race-based work assignments.

Ogletree Deakins • July 26, 2010
The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a nursing home’s policy of complying with patients’ wishes to be treated only by white health care workers can form the basis of a racially hostile work environment for non-white employees.