Paula Deen, the disgraced celebrity chef now mired in allegations of racism from a former employee, is seeking solace from an unusual source — the recent Supreme Court decision that effectively killed California’s anti-gay Proposition 8.
On Tuesday, Deen filed a notice with the federal court hearing a race discrimination lawsuit against her, suggesting that the court should dismiss this lawsuit in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Prop 8 case. Last week, the Court explained that “for a federal court to have authority under the Constitution to settle a dispute, the party before it must seek a remedy for a personal and tangible harm.”
Deen is employing the precedent to claim that the white plaintiff who is suing her, Lisa Jackson, cannot bring a race discrimination suit alleging animus against African-Americans because she is not personally injured by racism directed at people of another race. Deen’s former restaurant employee has bi-racial nieces, however.
As a matter of law, Deen’s filing is far from surprising, but it is somewhat ironic that Deen is employing a ruing that effectively struck down a discriminatory proposition and allowed gays and lesbians to marry in California, to dismiss allegations of discrimination.