Man 'fired for being a white male' awarded $13 million

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A man who claimed in a lawsuit that he was fired because he is a white male has been awarded US$10 million (A$13m) by a federal jury.

David Duvall, from the US state of Michigan, sued North Carolina-based Novant Health, Inc. in 2019 after losing his job as senior vice-president of marketing and communication.

In the lawsuit he alleged he was fired due to his gender and race "as part of an intentional campaign to promote diversity in its management ranks”, NBC News reports.

Duvall said in the lawsuit he had been hired in 2013 and fired in 2018 just before his fifth anniversary at the company.

David Duvall, who sued North Carolina-based Novant Health, Inc.
David Duvall sued North Carolina-based Novant Health, Inc. in 2019 after losing his job as senior vice president of marketing and communication. Source: NBC

He was replaced by an African-American woman and a white woman, the publication reports.

Duvall accused Novant of violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits race and gender discrimination in the workplace.

The jury ruled on Tuesday (local time) that Novant Health failed to prove that it would have dismissed the former top executive regardless of his race.

Novant Health has denied the allegations and said Duvall was fired for deficient performance.

Inside Novant Health.
Novant Health has denied the allegations and said Duvall was fired for deficient performance. Source: NBC

"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," a Novant Health spokesperson told NBC News.

"We will pursue all legal options, including appeal."

Novant Health says on its website that it employs more than 35,000 workers and has more than 2,300 physicians at nearly 800 locations in three states.

With AP

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