Harassment lawsuit against celebrity chef Paula Deen dismissed
(REUTERS) - A federal judge on Friday dismissed the final component of a racial discrimination and sexual harassment case against celebrity chef Paula Deen that has cost the Southern culinary star a big chunk of her multimillion-dollar enterprise.
In dismissing the sexual harassment aspect of the case, United States (US) District Judge William Moore wrote that no awards or fees were awarded to either party, according to court documents. Moore's dismissal did not address the substance of the case.
The lawsuit against Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, was brought by Lisa Jackson, a five-year employee of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant owned by the siblings in Savannah, Georgia.
Jackson claimed she had been the victim of sexual harassment. Jackson, who is white, also alleged there was a pattern of racial discrimination against black employees at the restaurant.