Nearly two months after Paula Deen’s empire began to implode after a leaked deposition exposed her use of the n-word, a judge has thrown out the racial discrimination claim against the chef.
Lisa Jackson, a Caucasian employee, sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, claiming she was sexually harassed and was a victim of the pair’s racism while she was employed at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. dismissed Jackson’s racial discrimination claim because she is white.
In his ruling, Judge Moore said Jackson was “an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination” targeted toward African American employees and “there are no allegations that defendant Hiers’ racially offensive comments were either directed toward plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her.”
Paula Deen’s representative reacted to the ruling in a statement to CNN: “We are pleased with the Court’s ruling today that Lisa Jackson’s claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. 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.”
Although he threw out the racial discrimination claim, Judge Moore kept Jackson’s sexual harassment claim in place.