Judge Throws Out Racial Discrimination Claims Made Against Paula Deen
Yesterday U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. threw out racial bias claims being brought against southern cuisine connoisseur Paula Deen by former employee Lisa Jackson, ABC News reports. Racial discrimination is of course, only one of the claims in the lawsuit brought against Deen by Jackson. The other claim is sexual harassment, which Jackson says that she experienced during her time as an employee at one of Deen’s Savannah restaurants.
According Judge Moore, Jackson had no grounds to sue Deen for racial discrimination because she is white herself.
“There are no allegations that defendant Hiers’s racially offensive comments were either directed toward plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her,” Judge Moore said in a 20-page opinion on the case.
The judge’s dismissal of this portion of the suit certainly does not exonerate Deen of her racial wrongdoing, it simply means that Jackson does not have the legal right to sue for acts that were not committed against her. The sexual harassment portion of the lawsuit, however, remains open.
A representative on behalf of the 66-year-old chef released a statement shortly after the ruling.
“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,” the rep said.
So what are you thinking about the dismissal?