A North Carolina jury has awarded $10 million to David Duvall who claimed he was fired by Novant Health for no other reason than he was a white man. Duvall, hired in 2013 as senior vice president of marketing and communications, said he was fired shortly before his fifth anniversary and was replaced by a Black woman and a white woman. He argued discrimination in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act saying he was fired due to his sex and gender "as part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks." Novant Health has denied those allegations saying in court filings that Duvall was fired for deficient performance and the delegation of critical duties to subordinates. A Novant spokesperson said in a statement, "We are extremely disappointed in the verdict, as we believe it is not supported by the evidence presented at trial, which includes our reason for Mr. Duvall's termination." Luke Largess, Duvall's attorney, told NBC News that the former executive was fired days before his fifth anniversary to keep him from being eligible for greater severance. He added, "The message is not to abandon diversity and inclusion, it's to do it legally." (Yahoo! News)
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