Novant Health said it disagreed with the verdict.
“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 dismissal,” Novant Health said in a statement. “We will pursue all legal options, including the appeal, over the next few weeks and months.”
Novant Health, a non-profit organization with more than 35,000 employees, said the verdict would have no effect on its efforts to diversify its workforce.
“Novant Health is one of thousands of organizations with strong diversity and inclusion programs in place, which we believe can coexist with strong non-discriminatory policies that extend to all races and all backgrounds. genders, including white males, âthe organization said. âIt is important that all current and future team members know that this verdict will not change Novant Health’s steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity for all.
In his lawsuit, Mr. Duvall said he had a successful career in marketing and public relations when Novant Health hired him as senior vice president of marketing and communications on August 5, 2013.
On July 30, 2018, Novant Health fired him without warning and ordered him to vacate the premises immediately, the lawsuit says.
Mr Duvall said his supervisor told him his dismissal had “nothing to do” with his job performance and that he “did everything that was asked of him and more,” according to the lawsuit. Mr. Duvall’s job performance “had been highly rated, both internally and externally,” says the lawsuit.
Instead, Mr. Duvall argued that his dismissal was “the distortion of good intention”.