CHARLESTON - A 2011 lawsuit against Charleston Area Medical Center regarding racial discrimination was dismissed later that year.

On July 22, 2011, Traci A. Long, a registered nurse, by her counsel, filed a Notice of Dismissal pursuant to Rule 41 of the West Virginia Rules of Civil Procedure, according to the Notice of Rule 41 Dismissal.

The lawsuit was initially filed on May 9, 2011, after Long claims Charleston Area Medical Center discriminated against her because of her race, according to the complaint filed in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Long was employed by the defendant as a registered nurse in the in-patient behavioral health ward and was the only African-American registered nurse on the Behavioral Medicine floor, according to a complaint.

Long claimed she met with Mike Williams, the vice president of the hospital to report discriminatory acts against her and Williams first suggested that maybe Long should transfer to a different floor and then referred her to Christie Schneider in the legal department.

When Long met with Schneider, she explained that Bobby Woodrow, the former nurse manager and current staff nurse “referred to black patients as a ‘nigger’ in meetings,” and that the charge nurse, Valerie Meadows told everyone that Long was “pulling the race card,” according to the complaint.

Long was seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She was represented by J. Michael Ranson, Cynthia M. Ranson and George B. Morrone III of Ranson Law Offices.

The case was assigned to Circuit Judge James C. Stucky.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-755

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