Black paramedic files racial discrimination lawsuit against hospital

Venita Woodfaulk said she was subjected to racist acts such as a cartoon on an office bulletin board that depicted slavery

By EMS1 Staff

PERRY, Fla. — A black paramedic filed a lawsuit against the hospital she works for, claiming she was subjected to racial discrimination.

Tallahassee Democrat reported that Doctors Memorial Hospital EMS Captain Venita Woodfaulk claims that in March 2016 a cartoon depicting a slave ship and a tied-up person being whipped by a white man was pinned to the office bulletin board.

“There are consequences to not doing your timesheets,” a note that was typed on the cartoon by her supervisor allegedly said.

Woodfaulk said her supervisor acknowledged the cartoon when she complained about it and said it was given to him as a gift.

Several months later, Woodfaulk said HR told her nothing could be done because they could not figure out who pinned the cartoon to the board.

Soon after, Woodfaulk said her supervisor retaliated by giving her the work duties of three other captains who had called in sick. Two other white captains received no additional duties.

“The (hospital’s) discriminatory actions were offensive, severe and pervasive and adversely affect the plaintiff’s ability to perform her job,” the lawsuit said.

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