Judge tosses claims of racial discrimination in Paula Deen lawsuit
The plaintiff in the sexual harassment lawsuit against former Food Network darling Paula Deen has faced a setback after the race-based claims she made against the cook were thrown out. It's good thing Deen didn't suffer any blowback from that, then ...
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. said Monday that Lisa Jackson doesn't have any standing to sue Deen for race discrimination, well, because Jackson's white, the AP reports. Jackson brought the charge against Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, claiming to be subjected to sexual harassment and a racist environment while working at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga.
The judge did say Jackson could proceed with the sexual harassment charges, but the damage to Deen has already been done. Sponsorship deals and her affiliation with the Food Network evaporated after Deen admitted in a deposition she had used the queen mother of racial slurs. She probably really wants a do-over for the whole lawsuit at this point.