Embattled celebrity chef and TV personality Paula Deen, on the heels of the downfall of her business empire following her much-criticized use of N-word, is willing to try everything to defend herself against the racial discrimination charges lodged against her. The 66-year-old restaurateur is looking at the recent ruling made by the U.S. Supreme Court overruling California's Prop 8 constitutional amendment to fight off the lawsuit filed by ex-employee Lisa Jackson against her and her brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers.
Jackson, who previously worked in the siblings' Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, is suing both owners for allegedly subjecting her to racial harassment and a hostile work environment where racist remarks were made against the restaurant's African-American employees. In a subsequent case deposition, Deen admitted to using the N-word and jokes that might be perceived as racist.
However, Deen's lawyers have shifted from defending their client to discrediting Jackson to weaken her accusations against her former employer. Deen's camp claims Jackson lied about being personally offended by the cooking show host's racial slurs since she had biracial nieces, but apparently they were not African-American but rather Hispanic.
Citing the opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts on the Hollingsworth vs. Perry Prop 8 case, Deen's legal team is arguing that Jackson must prove that she has "suffered a concrete and particularized injury that is fairly traceable to the challenged conduct" in order for her to have standing to sue.