Paula Deen Lawyers Trying to Get Out of Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

Deen's lawyers have argued that the lawsuit should not focus on racism because the plaintiff is a white woman

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."

Be a Part of the Conversation

Have something to say?
Add a comment (or see what others think).

Comments 0

Like this story? Get updates by email, facebook and twitter
Get daily food and wine coverage

Latest from The Daily Meal

The Daily Meal Video Network
Strawberry Brie Grilled Cheese

Post a comment

Add a Comment

Upload a picture of yourself no larger than 3MB, please see Terms for details
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human
Enter the characters shown in the image.
Please answer this Captcha to prove you are human