A white male hospital executive won a $10 million settlement in a discrimination case after he was replaced by two women, one of whom is black, as part of the company’s ‘diversity’ program.
In 2018 David Duvall was about to celebrate his fifth anniversary at Novant Health, a North Carolina-based health care system, when he was promptly fired and replaced by two women in the name of ‘diversity and inclusion.’
Duvall said he was fired as senior vice president of marketing and communication without warning in his discrimination lawsuit against Novant Health.
A federal jury on Tuesday awarded Duvall $10 million.
ABC News reported:
A former top executive in a North Carolina-based health care system who claimed in a lawsuit that he lost his job because he is a white male was awarded $10 million by a federal jury on Tuesday.
In his 2019 lawsuit, David Duvall said he lost his job as senior vice president of marketing and communication at Novant Health due to efforts to diversify top leadership positions, news outlets reported. The jury said Novant Health failed to prove that it would have dismissed Duvall regardless of his race.
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.