You may have seen Paul Deen in the news for quite a while now. Most of us are probably tired of all the Paula controversy going back and forth. Well the good news for Paula Deen is most of her legal troubles are coming to an end. The racial discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Paula Deen by one of her restaurant managers ended last week after settlement was reached on the remaining issues in the case and the judge dismissed the sexual harassment portion of the case with prejudce. The terms have not been disclosed but surely Ms. Deen is glad to have the matter over considering the losses she suffered as a result. As part of the discovery phase of the law suit, Ms. Deen was deposed and admitted to using the “n” word as well as planning a plantation themed wedding with black servers. Once her admissions leaked her career took a dive. Food Network cut her show, and then all kinds of companies followed ultimately costing Ms. Deen millions in contracts. The law suit sparked controversy as all types of people weighed in on the matter for or against Ms. Deen.
Harassment and Employment Lawsuits
Harassment, discriminatory, and other employment law suits are often difficult for plaintiffs to prevail on. There are a number of elements one most prove in order to successfully bring these types of claims against their employers. Utah in particular is a right to work state and does not necessarily favor plaintiffs in most employment actions. However, this should not discourage someone from seeking help from an attorney if they have been the victim of sexual harassment, discriminatory practices, workplace violence, or other substantial matters. If you or someone you know has been the victim of workplace mistreatment that rises to significant level, you should seek a consultation with a personal injury or employment attorney.