Last week, Judge William T. Moore threw out the discrimination claims against former Food Network star, Paula Deen. On August 23,2013, according to WSAV News 3, Paula and her fans finally have something to celebrate. The attorneys have signed an agreement to dismiss the sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuit instigated by Lisa Jackson. The lawsuit against Paula and her Brother Bubba were dismissed. According to the Associated Press, they filed the papersfvchju in the U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga. They didn’t award any costs or fees to either party. No other settlement terms were released to the public.
It’s been a wild and wicked ride for the butter loving, southern chef. Not only did she loose her show on Food Network, major corporations like Wal-Mart, QVC and Smithfield dropped her as well. Although it is doubtful, one can only wonder if these companies will pick her back up as fast as they released her.
According to News 3, Paula Deen released this statement, "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the Judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved.
During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming.
I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone. Lisa Jackson worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for more than 5 years and we appreciate her service.
Moving forward my team and I are working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my businesses operations. I look forward to getting back to doing what I love."
Also releasing a statement is Lisa Jackson. She said, "During a very difficult period in my life the Deen family gave me hope and the opportunity to work to build a brighter future for my family and me.
I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case. The Paula Deen I have known for more than 8 years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone.
I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue.
I wish Ms. Deen and her family all the best in all of their future endeavors and I am very pleased that this matter has been now been resolved and can now be put behind us."
The only one facing charges in this case is Lisa Jackson’s lawyer, Mr. Billips.