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Case Number: 3:19-cv-00624-DSC
Judge: David S. Cayer
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina (Mecklenburg County)
Defendant's Attorney: Benjamin Robert Holland, Elizabeth R. Gift, Sara Abigail Littrell, Margaret Santen Hanrahan
Description: Charlotte, NC: Employment law lawyer represented Plaintiff, who sued Defendant on a civil rights job discrimination (race) theory under 42 U.S.C. 2000e claiming that he his employment with Defendant was terminated because he was white and it wanted to diversify many of its top leadership positions.
Novant Health claimed that Duvall was fired because he had poor leadership skills, and that Duvall admitted in a deposition that he didn’t think that he was being discriminated against during his employment with Novant Health.
“Novant Health is one of thousands of organizations to put in place robust diversity and inclusion programs, which we believe can co-exist alongside strong non-discriminatory policies that extend to all races and genders, including white men,” Rivers said. “It’s important for all current and future team members to know that this verdict will not change Novant Health’s steadfast commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity for all.”
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits race and gender discrimination in the workplace.
Novant Health employs more than 35,000 workers and has more than 2,300 doctors at nearly 800 locations in three states, according to its website. The company serves more than 6 million patients annually.
Outcome: 10/26/2021 Minute Entry: JURY TRIAL held before Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer. Jury continued deliberations. Jury returns verdict. Plaintiffs attorney: S. Luke Largess. Defendants attorney: Benjamin Robert Holland and Margaret Santen Hanrahan. Court reporter: Jill Turner. (mek) (Entered: 10/26/2021)
Plaintiff's verdict for $10 million.