Diatribe: Paula Deen Didn’t “Win” That Lawsuit.
Yesterday, I received a summons for jury duty. This is the second time that I’ve been called to serve, the first being several years ago on a murder case, and I honestly won’t mind if I’m chosen again. My first experience was both fascinating and frightening. I took the responsibility quite seriously and learned quite a bit about the process. What I learned leads me to wonder why so many people think that Paula Deen “won” the recent racial discrimination lawsuit against her.
Paula Deen didn’t “win” that lawsuit.
The judge in the case dismissed the claim brought against Deen by former employee Lisa Jackson, who was fired as manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, because she had no right to claim racial discrimination. Any comments that Deen or her employees may have made, the judge ruled, had no legal consequences to Jackson because she’s white.
The case progressed quite quickly. On June 19th it was revealed that Deen admitted under oath that she had, in the past, used racial slurs but insisted that she and her family do not tolerate prejudice. Nonetheless The Food Network severed ties with the celebrity chef just hours after the second of two videotaped apologies to fans were posted online. Smithfield Foods was also quick to distance itself from her.
Just a short week later, I watched Deen burst into tears during a Today Show appearance and later that day she was stripped of four buffet restaurants owned by Ceasars and Wal-Mart Stores ended their relationship. In the days that followed Target, Home Depot, Sears, JC Penney and Walgreens all severed ties amidst the controversy. Soon thereafter, although her upcoming cookbook was currently a number one seller on amazon.com, she was dropped by her publisher.
Paula Deen was neither found guilty nor innocent in a court of law. It seems to me that she didn’t “win” the case. If she had, she would have been found innocent.
Do you think Paula Deen won the case against her?
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