Exec awarded millions after claiming firing over being a white man

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Score one for the middle-aged white male executive.

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David Duvall, a former executive at Novant Health in North Carolina, was just awarded $12.35 million after claiming he lost his job because he’s a white man, according to the New York Post .

A federal jury in Charlotte awarded the money on Tuesday to Duvall, who claimed he was fired in July 2018 as Novant wanted to make top positions more diversified.

However, the health care company argued Duvall, a former senior vice president of marketing and communication, was let go because he wasn’t a good leader.

“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,” Novant spokeswoman, Megan Rivers, told the Winston-Salem Journal .

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“We will pursue all legal options, including appeal, over the next several weeks and months.”

Duvall’s attorney, S. Luke Largess, was happy about the outcome as you might imagine.

“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,” said Largess, in a statement to the Winston-Salem Journal .

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“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.”


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