Judge Throws Out Paula Deen’s Race Discrimination Charge

By Kelly Conaboy / August 13, 2013

Nothing is worse than an Internet full of bloggers rephrasing a legal decision that they’ve just attempted to grasp two seconds ago when another blogger rephrased it (just kidding, there are many worse things, unrepentant racists being one of them), so I will keep it brief. But. Hey, remember when Lisa Jackson, a white woman and former employee of Paula Deen, filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against her and her brother Bubba Hiers for racial and sexual discrimination, the racial discrimination charges of which included but were not limited to throwing a slave-themed wedding and allegedly not allowing African American to use the same bathrooms, entrances, and exits as white employees? You remember. And remember how her lawyers planned to invoke Prop 8 in her defense defense, which states that a person must prove they have “suffered a concrete and particularized injury that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct,” since Lisa Jackson is white and claimed to be personally offended because she has bi-racial relatives/is a human? Well! From the AP:

But claims of race discrimination by Jackson, who is white, were gutted in the 20-page opinion by U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. The judge agreed with lawyers for Deen and Hiers that Jackson has no standing to sue her former employers for what she claims was poor treatment of black workers, regardless of her claims that she was offended and placed under additional stress.

Jackson, at best, “is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination,” Moore said in his ruling. “There are no allegations that defendant Hiers’s racially offensive comments were either directed toward plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her.”

Okay. Well. The fact is that Paula Deen’s name and career have already been ruined by the public’s reaction to the charges. (And the other charges against Paula Deen and her brother still stand.) So. I don’t know, guys! I think she can still call it a loss! I think we can all call this whole awful nightmare garbage story a loss! In Paula Deen there are no winners, only losers. (Can someone else sue her, though?)