Paula Deen. Photo by Jason Merritt, Getty Images.
The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Southern Division dismissed the discrimination lawsuit levied against celebrity chef Paula Deen.
The suit also involved Deen's brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers, alleging that the siblings fostered a workplace in their restaurants rife with racial discrimination and sexual harassment. Two weeks ago, a judge dismissed the racial discrimination claims, leaving the sexual harassment portion of the suit intact.
Now, the harassment claims have been dismissed and an undisclosed settlement has been reached between Deen and Hiers and the plaintiff, former employee Lisa Jackson. The final dismissal and settlement are reportedly just awaiting a judge's signature.
Because the case was dismissed without prejudice, Jackson cannot refile.
When the racial discrimination claims were dismissed on Aug. 13, Deen's reps issued a statement on her behalf expressing her pleasure with the legal victory.
"We are pleased with the court's ruling that Lisa Jackson's claims of race discrimination have been dismissed," Elana Weiss said in a statement e-mailed to the Associated Press. "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."
By: Arienne Thompson/USA Today