Hospital Executive Awarded $10M in Discrimination Payout After Being Fired For Being White

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North Carolina: David Duvall, a white male marketing VP at Novant Health, was fired for being white and was replaced with two female diversity hires. He sued for discrimination and was awarded $10 million. Duvall was reportedly not the only white man who was fired as 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 he was terminated. His attorney said that he believes the punitive damages award is a message that an employer cannot terminate and replace employees in order to achieve greater diversity in the workforce.

A white male marketing VP at Novant Health in North Carolina who was fired for being white and replaced with two female diversity hires was awarded $10m on Tuesday in a discrimination suit.

“The jury was clearly sending a message to punish Novant for doing this,” Fox 46 Charlotte’s Seema Iyer said.

From The Daily Mail, “White male marketing VP at North Carolina hospital wins $10million ‘reverse discrimination’ payout after he was replaced by two women – one of whom is black – as part of diversity and inclusion program”:

A white male marketing vice president from North Carolina has been awarded a $10million ‘reverse discrimination’ payout from the hospital which fired him and replaced him with two women, one of whom is black.

David Duvall sued Novant Health in North Carolina, where he’d worked for five years as the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and was lauded by colleagues and supervisors, in 2018.

He says he was inexplicably terminated just days before reaching his five year work anniversary, a milestone that 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.

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