Paula Deen has had a tough few weeks, but her lawyers might just make it even worse. The most recent news from the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit against Paula and Bubba Deen? Deen's lawyers are trying to dismiss claims of racial discrimination because the plaintiff is a white woman.
According to TODAY, Deen's lawyers filed a motion saying, "Jackson cannot enforce someone else’s right, and she has no actionable claim for feeling ‘uncomfortable’ around discriminatory conduct directed at others." The lawyers claim that overturning Prop 8, where the high court said that private parties didn't have standing to defend bans against gay and lesbian couples, means that Jackson, a private party, doesn't have standing to defend African-American workers under Deen.
Lisa Jackson has since given her first statement , saying, "This lawsuit has never been about the N-word. It is to address Ms. Deen's patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior. I may be a white woman, but I could no longer tolerate her abuse of power as a business owner, nor her condonation of Mr. Hier's despicable behavior on a day-to-day basis. I am what I am, and I am a human being that cares about all races, and that is why I feel it is important to be the voice for those who are too afraid to use theirs."