The damage has been done in the court of public opinion — and business losses — but the lawsuit against Paula Deen is no more.
The judge recently dismissed the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit, and now the U.S. District Court in Savannah has also dismissed the sexual harassment case with prejudice, so it can't be filed again. According to People, which referenced court documents, both sides reached a settlement "without any award of cost or fees to any party."
Lisa Jackson, a former employee at Paula and her brother Bubba's restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, had sued the siblings last year, alleging she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years of her employment.
Earlier this month, a district court judge ruled that Lisa, who is white, had no standing to sue Paula and Bubba for race discrimination. Now the remaining claims have been dismissed — and Lisa released a statement, complimenting Paula.
"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," Lisa said. "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."
In her own statement, Paula said, "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. 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."
During the scandal, when reports of Paula’s use of the n-word and treatment of African-American employees emerged, she was dropped by the Food Network, Smithfield Foods, Wal-Mart, Target and many more, including the publisher of her upcoming book, even though it was the #1 seller on Amazon.