Executive Fired by 'Woke' Firm for Being 'White Male' Wins $10 Million in Lawsuit
Court rules to give marketing exec David Duvall huge payout
A marketing executive, who sued his "woke" former company for firing him because he's a "white male," has been awarded a huge settlement after winning his lawsuit.
White man David Duvall sued Novant Health in North Carolina for firing him as the firm's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications.
The hospital that fired him then replaced him with two women, one of whom is black.
Duvall had worked for the firm for five years and was lauded by colleagues and supervisors, according to the lawsuit.
He says he was inexplicably terminated just days before reaching his five-year work anniversary.
The milestone would have awarded him a higher severance payout than what he was given.
He was replaced by two women - Kate Everett, a white woman who had worked with him and was promoted to take the role of Chief PR and Communications Officer and Vicky Free, a black woman who was given the role of Chief Marketing Officer.
Duvall, in his complaint, said that while both women were qualified for the job, they were no more qualified than he was.
The federal jury on the case sided with Duvall and awarded him a $10million "reverse discrimination" payout.
Duvall argued that Novant Health’s diversity efforts led to him being replaced in July 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 Winston-Salem Journal reported.
"The jury also indicated that 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,” WXII 12 noted.
"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."
"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,” the Daily Mail added.
"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."
Duvall’s attorney, S. Luke Largess, celebrated after the verdict, asserting, “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 had countered that Duvall’s poor leadership skills led to his firing.
Megan Rivers, a spokeswoman for Novant Health, responded to the verdict, saying, “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 added as she defended the company, “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.”