Paula Deen Settles Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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An undisclosed settlement has been reached in the discrimination suit against Paula Deen and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers and the case was dismissed in a Georgia federal court Friday, according to Georgia TV station WTOC.

The celebrity chef and her brother were being sued by a woman who said she was subjected to “violent, sexist, and racist behavior” while she worked at a restaurant owned by the siblings in Savannah, Ga.

The case earned nationwide attention when a deposition became public in which Deen admitted to having used racial slurs during her life and to having told the employee about her desire to have a “Southern plantation wedding” for her brother with an all black staff.

Though Deen released videotaped apologies for her “inappropriate, hurtful language,” the Food Network subsequently announced it would not renew her contract.

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