In a reverse discrimination lawsuit, the federal court in Charlotte has ordered that Novant Health pay the defendant a total of $3.9 million.
A federal jury had awarded $10 million in punitive damages to David Duvall, who sued Novant claiming that he was terminated from his job in part because he was a white male and Novant was seeking more diversity in its upper management. Duvall said that Novant violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act that prohibits race and gender discrimination.
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Cayer reduced the $10 million awarded by the jury to $300,000 because the cap on punitive damages in such federal cases is set at $300,000.
However, Cayer awarded Duvall $2.34 million in back pay and $1.08 million in front pay damages in addition to the $300,000 in punitive damages.
Duvall was a senior vice president of marketing and communication at Novant Health for nearly five years. He was terminated a few days short of his fifth anniversary with the company and replaced by a white woman and a black woman.
In the trial, Duvall claimed that his termination was motivated by the diversity and inclusion program implemented at Novant and a stated desire by the company to have its executive workforce more closely reflect those that it serves.
Back pay covers the salary and benefits Duvall would have received from when he was terminated to the date of the judgment. Cayer also awarded $1.08 million in front pay, which covers salary and benefits going forward for one year to compensate Duvall for the period during which he is seeking employment.
Duvall was fired in July 2018 and filed the lawsuit accusing Novant of racial and gender discrimination in 2019. The $10 million in punitive damages was awarded by a federal jury in October of 2021.
Novant which is headquartered in Winston-Salem is expected to appeal the decision.
This S_ _ _ has got to stop
Hallelujah and amen! There is usually justice when a trial is in front of a jury. This type of lawsuit and win is long overdue. The diversity and inclusion police need to take heed. Us old white men will stand up and fight when these situations take place.
Straight white men are being discriminated against everywhere. Very few go to the trouble of making it a legal issue.
It’s so fashionable to be down on white men that even my best friend had recently said something about Australia being built by old white men (he’s Sri Lankan, living in Sydney). Then he visited Colombo last month, and told me horror stories about the collapse of his country.
“Bet you’re glad to be back in a country built by white men eh, Nilantha?”
I couldn’t resist it. We had a good laugh.
What the heck is “reverse” discrimination? Discrimination is discrimination.
It only affects wiggers.
What’s a “wigger”
A word to bypass the censors of free speech.
Is reverse discrimination the opposite of forward discrimination? Either one is illegal and damnable!
Diversity programs are only supposed to increase diversity of candidate pools, not replace existing resources or have a hiring quota. Great to see this practice shot down in the courts.
Diversity exists to replace merit-based qualified candidates. Merit is a White thing.
Only in your head. Diversity is about bring people from different cultures together to build a better more inclusive product or a more inclusive product…..so it’s about money / revenue / earnings. Plus it is fun to work with people different than yourself. Get out of your echo chamber and expand your thinking.
Chris, Chris, Chris. The only diversity that matters is diversity of ideas. A group of people from different cultures is not necessary to have diversity of ideas. Where was diversity of skin colors and cultures when the greatest form of government known to man was written down starting with the Magna Carta? Where was the diversity of skin colors and cultures when the light bulb was invented, the telephone and phonograph? When mediocrity is allowed and even encouraged, nothing ends well.
“Diversity programs are only supposed to increase diversity of candidate pools, not replace existing resources or have a hiring quota.”
You probably weren’t around in the 1970s when the term “affirmative action” was the new buzz word for those wanting our society to be “inclusive”, and yes, I know the reference to qualification standards being set up for minorities to not qualify. The real issue was not about race.
Then, the colleges got on board with the government and started to lower their standards and ensure everyone who went to college was granted a “degree” so they would be more marketable. The colleges loved it since they got tons of federal money for their programs, and created $300,000 salaries for directors of inclusiveness. Plus, with the flood of money coming in, they hired more “professors”, which then required more federal money.
Sad to say, the spiral downward of qualified people in all sectors of society has continued.
My question is, who prompted Novant to make this decision?
In the manner of who signed the complaint that enabled the FBI search at Trump’s home?
Not likely to get an answer on either.
The judge that signed the complaint against Trump is well known. What isn’t known is who turned him in….lol
That’s what I said.
Biff is right. Discrimination is discrimination regardless of who it is directed toward. The liberal class accepts discrimination against whites and as a result there are seldom any consequences. This needs to change.