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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Judge Tosses Racial Discrimination Claim Filed Against Paula Deen

Up to this day, racial discrimination is still prevalent in many sectors of the society. In fact, in the employment sector, racial discrimination has the most number of complaints based on the statistics gathered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

However, most racial discrimination complaints are basically filed by African-Americans. Apparently, there was never a chance that a white American sued a co-white American, or if there was any, it could have been dismissed early, observed by a Los Angeles employment discrimination lawyer.

Thus, this is probably what makes Paula Deen’s racial discrimination case ironic.

In a recent ruling made by a federal judge last week, he dismissed the racial discrimination claim against the renowned chef Paula Deen simply because the person who is suing her is white. In other words, she is simply not of the right color.

Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers were sued by a former Savannah restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, for racial discrimination and sexual harassment last year. In her lawsuit, Jackson claimed that she had endured sexual harassment and racially offensive talk and employment practices that were unfair to black workers during her five years of employment at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which was co-owned by Deen.

Apparently, while the judge has already dismissed the racial discrimination claim against Deen, the sexual harassment claim will still move forward.

Unfortunately for Deen, although the judge ruled that the dismissed claim was a bogus, it has already cost her a valuable chunk of her culinary empire. Not to mention that it has already resulted in serious damage in her image as a celebrity chef.

So far, Deen was said to be pleased with the court’s recent ruling according to a representative from her party. Furthermore, the representative quoted Deen’s previous statement and said, “those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone.”

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