Former Exec Awarded $10M After Claiming He Was Fired For Being White
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Former Exec Awarded $10M After Claiming He Was Fired For Being White

Meanwhile, in white America, these are the type of court cases that see the light of day.

Recently a man filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired from a hospital system because he was a white man. According to NBC News, a jury awarded him $10 million for his claims.

David Duvall was an employee at Novant Health, located in Winston-Salem, and, per the suit, says he was fired without cause “as a part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks.” And, according to him, he was fired due to both his sex and gender. 

On the other hand, Novant Health says that Duvall was fired for “deficient performance and the delegation of critical duties to subordinates.”

“We are extremely disappointed in the verdict, as we believe it is not supported by the evidence presented at trial, which includes our reason for Mr. Duvall’s termination,” said a Novant Health spokesperson in an official statement. “We will pursue all legal options, including appeal.”

Duvall, who was hired back in 2013, was just shy of his fifth anniversary and was replaced by both a Black and a white woman. He claims that this move was discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

His attorney, Luke Largess, says that the former executive was let go just days before his fifth anniversary, which would have allowed him to be entitled to a more fabulous severance package.

“The message is not to abandon diversity and inclusion,” said Largess in an interview with NBC News. “It’s to do it legally.”

Although the federal jury trial was held earlier this month, the verdict was not handed down until Oct. 26, per the court records.

According to the verdict form, the jury found that Duvall’s race and sex were the motivating factors in the termination.