Paula Deen Found Not Guilty of Racial Discrimination

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A federal judge dismissed charges against celebrity chef Paula Deen Monday.  Charges made by a former employee were not within the scope of the laws of racial discrimination.

U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. wrote in his 20 page decisions that Lisa Jackson had not alleged that she was a target of racial discrimination, and did not suffer adverse employment effects because of any such action.

“Her difficulties do not fall within the zone of interests sought to be protected by Title VII and cannot support a claim of racial discrimination under the statute,” Moore ruled.

Denying Jackson’s suit against Deen, her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers Jr., and Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House Inc. on Whitemarsh Island where Jackson worked as general manager for about five years, was a major victory for the Savannah chef.  Other charges are still pending, buy Monday gave her defense a huge success.

Ms. Deen admitted using racial slurs, which caused a chain reaction of other charges, and the cancelling of her television show.

James Turnage

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