A former medic in Dearborn, Michigan is going after his old employers with a sex discrimination suit. According to John Benitez Jr, he lost his job with the city’s Department of Health because he provided medical care to Muslim patients.
Benitez, 63, has spent half his life as a registered nurse. In September 2010, he joined the ranks of Dearborn’s Health Department to assist patients in one of the largest Muslim communities in America. Even with a booming population of immigrants practicing Islam, the nurse says that his supervisor told him that they were off limits.
Benitez says that his former employer lectured him against providing care to female Muslim patients that sought help, and instead asked him to send them to her, a Muslim, for treatment. According to the suit recently filed, the Muslim supervisor told Benitez that “conservative” Muslims, specifically women garbed in hijab head scarves, would not want to be touched by a male nurse. Benitez followed the instruction until November 17, when according to the legal filing, a doctor questioned him “about the cumbersome and unusual practice of taking women wearing a head scarf to the nursing supervisor for care.” As a trained, licensed medical professional — and employee of the city — Benitez should have been providing care to anyone in need. After the doctor confronted him about it in November and said the supervisor’s instructions were “improper,” Benitez went back to treating everyone that came in.
Only two weeks later, Benitez was fired.
According to the legal papers, the nurse was explicitly told that the termination was “not because of any performance problem, but was instead carried out because the clinic’s conservative male Muslim clientele did not want a male treating female patients.” More than 30 years after entering the practice — a tenure which included a stint asVietnam war Army medic — the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission gave Benitez the go ahead to sue last month and on Wednesday he filed the discrimination suit in Detroit U.S. District Court
City officials have not offered any comments to the media just yet, though Benitez’ attorney says that their client is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as his job reinstated and lost wages and benefits.
My take on the is story:
This story is for all those in America who say we have nothing to be concerned about concerning Islamic Shari’a Law. It is for those who say there is nothing to worry about. Here we have the US Constitution, and a whole host of local laws being usurped by Sharia Law. I have heard many say Sharia Law will never supersede our laws, or that Sharia is not happening in America. This is a prime example of what has been know to be called Stealth Jihad. That is the stealth manner in which Sharia Law is inadvertently being practiced in the United States. In this story this male nurse was told by a MUSLIM female supervisor NOT to treat female Muslim women. Why was he told that? Under Islamic law the women must not be touched under any circumstances by another male who is not their husband. This male nurse should have reported that immediately to an even higher authority in the hospital but instead he did what many employees do and simply followed orders. It wasn’t until a doctor reprimanded the male nurse that he came to his senses and did what he was hired to do; treat ALL persons who come into the hospital the same. This resulted in the male nurse being fired. It will be interesting to see what comes of this discrimination suit. This my friends is an important case. Why is this an important case? Because it will establish precedent. Anyone who practices law knows precedent is just as if not more important than the law on the books itself. I will keep my eye on this one.