A federal judge in George has thrown out the race discrimination case against Paula Deen. Her former employee Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers last year saying that she was subjected to sexual and racial harassment during the five years she worked for them.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled this afternoon that Jackson, who is white, has no grounds to sue them for discrimination.
A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.
Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.
The ruling leaves intact Jackson’s sexual harassment claims.
The Food Network and other business partners dropped Deen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past during questioning by Jackson’s lawyers.
“We are pleased with the court’s ruling today that Lisa Jackson’s claims of race discrimination have been dismissed,” Deen’s rep says in a statement. “As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone.”
The damage is done, however. This whole thing RUINED Paula Deen. I know many of you won’t agree with me, but I just feel bad for her.
Posted Monday, August 12th, 2013 at 2:14pm
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