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Second discrimination suit filed against medical center

Updated: June 29, 2012 9:37AM



A second former employee of Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn says she and other black employees were discriminated against, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Beatrice Ocloo worked in the hospital’s post-anesthesia care unit and was suspended and then fired in July 2011 after filing a complaint about race-based taunting at work, the suit says.

It contends that white employees made profane and racially derogatory remarks toward her and tried to physically intimidate her. After Ocloo complained to the hospital’s human resources department, staff members falsely accused her of carelessly transporting a patient, which resulted in disciplinary action, according to the lawsuit.

Shortly afterward, she filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which led to her being fired from the hospital where she worked for 15 years, the suit alleges.

Johnita Murry, who worked in the same unit at Christ, sued the hospital on May 4, contending that she and four other black employees were subjected to “race-based hostility and discriminatory treatment by the white nurses and managers.”

Murry claims she was also fired after complaining to the EEOC.

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