Jury Awards $10M To Former Hospital Executive Over “White Man” Firing


Both small- and large-scale businesses offer diversity and inclusion programs to encourage applicants of all races and genders to apply for employment. But David Duvall claimed that his company terminated him to hire more diverse employees instead because he was a white man. Duvall was fired because he is white. What now?

A Summary of the Court Cases

2019 David Duvall, a hospital executive, was sued the North Carolina-based hospital system Novant Health, Inc. Duvall says that the company fired Duvall as its senior vice president for marketing and communications, citing his race or sex. 

Documents obtained from the court by PeopleDuvall also claimed that the termination was a result of Duvall “without warning and without explanation.”Duvall was first hired in 2013 and was close to his five-year mark at the company. This was also a reason Duvall was fired. 

Duvall’s attorney, Luke Largess, pointed out that he was fired right before he would have been entitled to a larger severance package from Novant Health, Inc. Largess argued the company “purposely”Duvall was fired in order to keep him from being eligible for the greater severance. 

Largress also stated that Duvall had been terminated “without warning or cause as part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks.” According to Duvall’s complaint, he was replaced by a Black woman and a white woman, leading him to claim discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

What did Novant Health, Inc. have to say about this case?

Duvall received $10 million from a federal jury, after the case revealed his race sex. “a motivating factor in Novant Health’s decision to terminate him.” However, Novant Health continues to deny Duvall’s allegations. 

According to Duvall, Duvall was fired “due to his deficient performance, including his inability to communicate effectively before a group and the delegation of the critical duties of his position to his subordinates.” 

Duvall was not present, nor was his attorney. “pleased” with the case’s outcome, Novant Health was just the opposite. “We are extremely disappointed with the verdict as we believe it is not supported by the evidence presented at trial,”The company released a statement. 

What are the next steps for the company?

“We will pursue all legal options, including appeal, over the next several weeks and months,”The statement was continued. Novant Health stated, “this verdict will not change Novant Health’s steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity for all.”