2:16pm PT by Hilary Lewis
Paula Deen Discrimination Lawsuit Dismissed
The discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen has been dismissed.
Deen and former employee Lisa Jackson reached a settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party," according to a document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga.
Jackson sued Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers last year, claiming she experienced racial discrimination and sexual harassment while working at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
The racial discrimination claims were dismissed earlier this month.
During a deposition in the suit, Deen admitted she previously used the N-word, which created a media firestorm and led to the crumbling of her business empire, with many companies cutting ties with the chef.
Indeed, Food Network failed to renew her contract when it expired at the end of June, and Walmart, Home Depot, Sears and Target all severed ties with her.
"While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said in a statement. "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."
In a separate statement, Jackson said she appreciated the opportunity given to her by Deen's family and that she looks forward to putting the issue behind her.
"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," Jackson said. "I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue."
Deen has been preparing for the future, recently hiring Hollywood litigator Patty Glaser to handle any legal dust-ups that might arise from her relationships with sponsors, most of whom dropped her after her deposition was made public.