Judge throws out racial discrimination claim against Paula Deen

A federal judge has thrown out racial discrimination claims filed by a former employee of celebrity cook Paula Deen.

Lisa Jackson was a manager at a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hier.  Jackson sued Deen and Hier of committing numerous acts of violence, discrimination and racism.  In a deposition that was part of that action, Deen admitted to having used a racial slur in the past.

What followed was a firestorm of organizations distancing themselves from Paula Deen.  Her television shows were cancelled and immediately pulled from broadcast schedules, retailers carrying products bearing her endorsement ended those deals and a contract for an upcoming cookbook was cancelled.

ABC News reports in a ruling issued Monday, August 12, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge William Moore ruled Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue for racial discrimination.

The ruling leaves Jackson’s claims of sexual harassment intact.

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