A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims against embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen.
A former Savannah restaurant manager's lawsuit against Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.
Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year, saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant. Jackson is Caucasian, but says she witnessed racial discrimination against employees who were African-American.
US District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.
It's not over yet, however. The ruling leaves Jackson's sexual harassment claims intact.
Deen issued this statement through her attorneys:
"We are pleased with the Court's ruling today that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone."
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