Plaintiff Lisa T. Jackson wanted $1.25 million dollars that didn’t belong to her, so she decided to sue Paula Deen and her brother.
Consider the evidence:
1) In her deposition, Ms. Jackson was forced to admit that she never heard Paula Deen utter a racial epithet, never knew her to discriminate against an employee based on gender, and never knew Paula Deen to sexually harass anyone.
2) Both plaintiff and defendant are white, making racial discrimination against Jackson an impossible charge to prove.
3) It has not been widely reported outside the local press that Jackson sent Deen and her brother a letter praising and thanking them both, only a few short months before filing suit. In an effusive letter she wrote:
“When I came to work for this company, as a person, I felt hopeless. I needed something, some opportunity that could provide me hope as an individual, as a woman, to make it on my own. At 15, homeless, without parents and with a young child, my life was headed in a direction no one could ever assume positive. As you know, I did what I had to do to survive, but it clearly was not the freedom or happiness I ever hoped for... When I started working for Bubba, he gave me an opportunity that allowed me, over time, a freedom I have never experienced. He allowed me, for once in my life to take care of myself and for once, have faith in myself as a person and as a woman to know that I could do it on my own; y’all were my Aunt Peggy... I have been given opportunities that I never thought possible, all because of you and Bubba.”
The person who wrote that letter now wants $1.25 million dollars? For what?
I figured it was extortion done the legal way...via your lawyer. And the woman who is suing Paula Deen her brother and their restaurant is white. She is also claiming harm from the alleged racism even though she is white
Great post - info I didn’t know
$1.25M would have been a cheap way to purchase a settlement and a confidentiality agreement and to forego all this nonsense.