ABA Journal


Labor & Employment

Paula Deen wins dismissal of racial bias claim by white plaintiff

Aug 13, 2013, 12:58 pm CDT


Unfortunately for Paula, the machine has already taken part of her life from her.

By jdj on 2013 08 13, 2:17 pm CDT

Pyrrhic victory

By Robert B. on 2013 08 13, 2:42 pm CDT

Unfortunately the damage is already done.

By OKBankLaw on 2013 08 13, 3:03 pm CDT

It is a shame that Paula Dean was damaged from the release of the deposition transcript. Although I have never been a Paula Dean fan, I hate to see anyone,including her, lose a portion of their livelihood.

By Yankee on 2013 08 13, 3:51 pm CDT

Unless this court was incredibly quick in ruling on the motion, this motion was probably argued by the lawyers who were let go after the deposition was released. I wonder if Deen bothered to thank them.

By P. Bryson on 2013 08 13, 4:59 pm CDT

Ms. Deen will be fine. I'm sure she is financially secure. The takeaways are: watch your own behavior (everyone else is); be careful who you hire and look for opportunities to unload potential problems early; act swiftly to resolve complaints brought to your attention, recognize that public figures are targets for frivolous suits; and if there is the slightest chance that something unpleasant gets disclosed in a dep, try like hell to resolve the matter beforehand and put a gag order in the release.

By SlipKid on 2013 08 13, 5:00 pm CDT

That would be a good question on employment applications: Have you previously used the N-word? Then don't hire anyone who answers "yes". What would the EEOC say about that?

By Dr Phun on 2013 08 13, 6:30 pm CDT

@7: Probably disparate impact against minorities.

By SlipKid on 2013 08 13, 6:32 pm CDT

Sir, we had to destroy the village in order to save the village.

By B. McLeod on 2013 08 13, 10:59 pm CDT

Paula Deen should know better. But a true test and show of damage control may be to have some of her close African American friends testify on her behalf...unless...that is...she doesn't have any.

In which case it is one of those matters that makes you touch your forefinger to the bottom of your chin and say...hmmm?

By concernedcitizen on 2013 08 13, 11:19 pm CDT

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