Exec Awarded $10 Million Over Firing Due To Reverse Discrimination In ‘Diversity’ Quotas

This past Tuesday, a communications and marketing executive who was replaced and lost his job with a North Carolina-based health care system and put forth the claim that it was due to the fact that he was a white male was finally awarded a settlement of $10 million by a federal jury.

Back as part of his 2019 lawsuit, David Duvall put forth the argument that a series of diversity efforts from Novant Health ended up leading to his replacement in July of 2018. “The jury said that Duvall proved that his race and gender were motivating factors in Novant Health’s decision to terminate him, according to the jury’s verdict form. The jury also indicated that Novant Health failed to prove that it would have dismissed Duvall regardless of his race,” reported the Winston-Salem Journal.

“Duvall said in his lawsuit that he was fired in 2018 without warning or explanation shortly before his fifth anniversary with the company. He said he was replaced by two women, one Black and one white. Duvall, who worked in Mecklenburg County, accused Novant of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits race and gender discrimination in the workplace,” reported WXII 12.

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“His attorneys proposed that he was fired ‘out of the clear blue sky’ because he was a white man, and that the move was in keeping with the hospital’s ‘five year plan’ to boost diversity by 2020. They said he wasn’t the only white executive fired; in his complaint, he says the Chief Legal Officer, Medical Group President, Chief Information Officer, Patient Experience Officer and President of Haymarket Medical Center were all replaced either by a black person or a woman in the 12-18 months after him,” stated the Daily Mail.

S. Luke Largess, the attorney representing Duvall, celebrated in the wake of the verdict, stating, “We are pleased that the jury agreed that Duvall’s race and gender were unlawful factors in his termination — that he was fired to make room for more diverse leaders at Novant. … Duvall was a strong advocate of diversity at Novant. We believe the punitive damages award is a message that an employer cannot terminate and replace employees in order to achieve greater diversity in the workforce.”

Novant Health attempted to counter that it was Duvall’s poor leadership skills that lead to his termination. The spokesperson for Novant Health, Megan Rivers, spoke about the verdict, stating, “We are extremely disappointed with the verdict as we believe it is not supported by the evidence presented at trial, which includes our reason for Mr. Duvall’s termination. We will pursue all legal options, including appeal, over the next several weeks and months.”

She went on to add as she tried to defend the company that “Novant Health is one of thousands of organizations to put in place robust diversity and inclusion programs, which we believe can co-exist alongside strong non-discriminatory policies that extend to all races and genders, including white men. It’s important for all current and future team members to know that this verdict will not change Novant Health’s steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity for all.”

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