A federal judge has dismissed the racial discrimination claims in a lawsuit filed by a former employee against Paula Deen.
According to the judge’s ruling, the former employee and plaintiff in the case, Lisa Jackson, cannot be a victim of the racial discrimination she claimed targeted African-American workers, because Jackson herself is white.
News 3 Reports:
In a 20-page response to both sides lawyers, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore tossed out racial discrimination claims, and severely damaged Lisa Jackson’s case against Paula Deen and her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers.
In Judge Moore’s response Monday, he said in part:
“No allegations that Hiers racially offensive comments were either directed toward Plaintiff or made with intent to harass her.”
“While Plaintiff may have faced significant challenges in managing a workplace allegedly permeated with racial discrimination…”
“..Her difficulties do not fall within the zone of interests sought to be protected by Title VII, and cannot support a claim for racial discrimination..”
Deen’s camp is happy with the judge’s decision.
In a response sent to News 3 this afternoon:
“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 judge has not dismissed the sexual discrimination claims against Deen or Bubba Hiers.
So as of now those stand.
While there have been claims that a settlement has been reached between the two sides.
Deen’s camp says no settlement is imminent.