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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    All claims dismissed against Paula Deen in employee lawsuit - TODAY.com

    What do you think will happen now that all charges have been dismissed? I think she got a very rotten deal and hope she will be able to bounce back.
    But it's the same issue I posted above. They're saying that yes, there was discrimination, but the person suing wasn't the person discriminated against so that's why the case was thrown out. I'm not sure that's a "rotten deal".
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    I may be missing something, but I was under the impression that it was her brother that ran the restaurant, not Paula Dean. In the statement they put out- "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 eight 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."

    Paula Dean admitted to years ago using a derogatory term. She admitted that and apologised. I do not believe (and apparently the judge did not believe) that she was guilty of the charges in the case.

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    Hey Bonita -- who put out that statement? Who is it from?
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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Hey Bonita -- who put out that statement? Who is it from?
    According to this article it was Lisa Jackson.

    According to court documents filed in Savannah, GA, all claims against the TV chef have been dismissed in the suit brought by former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson, with no award of costs or fees to any party. Jackson had sued on the grounds that the work environment at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, owned by Deen and her brother, subjected employees to sexual harassment and racial discrimination.
    Jackson, who told TODAY in July that her lawsuit "has never been about the N-word," but rather "to address Ms. Deen's patterns of disrespect and degradation of people that she deems to be inferior," suggested Friday that her issues with Deen had been settled.

    "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," Jackson said in a statement to TODAY.

    "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 eight 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."

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    Hey Bonita -- who put out that statement? Who is it from?
    "Jackson said in a statement to TODAY" - The person who filed the suit.

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    I'd be willing to bet there's some under-the-table dealings going on here. The original judge didn't even drop the other charges at the time he dropped the racism charges, which leads me to think there was enough evidence for a jury to consider. So for everything to suddenly be dropped with both sides giving glowing reports of how wonderful the other party is -- and especially "without any award of costs or fees to any party," is astounding. I'm certain that someone paid off Miss Jackson a hefty sum; it just wasn't one of the parties to the lawsuit. Maybe an insurance company for the restaurant, maybe Deen's PR firm hoping to mitigate the damage against her.


    And it doesn't matter if the brother is the one who ran the restaurant. Paula Deen was an owner on record, and the restaurant absolutely benefitted from her involvement, endorsement, and name recognition, even if she wasn't actively running it.
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    Yeah private undisclosed settlement.

    Not sure how you can ignore the fact that that will always raise an eyebrow.

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    But both teams paid their own legal fees.

    Would love to find out what really went on here. Hard to tell from what I've read but it looks like there definitely has been some discrimination going on (which Paula now says she knows she needs to address) at the restaurants, but also this person was looking to get do some damage to the Deen reputation which would get her some money and/or attention.

    Looks like a combination.

    Maybe we'll find out one day. I don't think either party comes out of this looking terribly clean.
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    I'm the queen of double posts today. The site just hangs every time I try to post something anyway....
    Last edited by freddieflounder101; 08-26-2013 at 05:14 PM.
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