Just a few months in advance of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a harsh reminder that there is still much work to be done in order to eliminate racism in the workplace.

The State Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday announced a settlement with Betsy Ross Nursing Home in Rome following an investigation into racist practices at the facility.

In a news release, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that the home accomodated the racially discriminatory preferences of a patient who did not want to be seen or treated by black nurses by reassigning the nurses to another unit of the facility, barring black employees from working in the unit and posting an order that read, “No Colored Nurses” in the unit.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Are you kidding’?” said Rome NAACP Chapter President Phonon Perrilloux.

The State Attorney General’s Office outlined a settlement they say the terms of which administrators at Betsy Ross Nursing Home have agreed to implement.

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