The five certified nursing assistants have filed a federal lawsuit in Grand Rapids against Providence Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, according to MLive.com.
It is one of several federal lawsuits in recent years in which minority healthcare workers allege employers let patients request that only white workers provide services.
Providence, with headquarters in Tinley Park, Illinois, has facilities in Zeeland and elsewhere.
Providence Life Services, a non-profit, faith-based organization, said in a statement to MLive and the Grand Rapids Press that staff assignments are not made based on race.
"We are not able to comment on these allegations due to the pending litigation, other than to confirm that Providence does not modify staff assignments based on race," spokeswoman Sheila King said.
"Providence takes its employees' concerns about their working environment very seriously as it recognizes the importance of providing a positive workplace for its employees and other healthcare providers assisting its residents.
"Respecting the dignity of each person is a key value for both Providence staff and residents," she said.
Read the full story at MLive.com.