The Real Paula Deen

Incidentally, the court tossed the race discrimination claim against her. Ironic, since that was the claim that got her the bad publicity. The sex discrimination claim is much stronger, and nobody ever talks about it.

It was tossed because the judge ruled the plaintiff could not claim to have been injured by the poor treatment of black coworkers, as she is white--not exactly a vindication.

Right. But it was that claim that allowed them to depose her regarding her use of racial epithets and tolerance of racist jokes.

I suspect the plaintiff's lawyer knew the claim would be tossed eventually but also knew he'd be able to depose her before that. he figured she'd settle to avoid being deposed. But for whatever reason, she didn't recognize the danger she was in.

SpacePPoliceman wrote:

It was tossed because the judge ruled the plaintiff could not claim to have been injured by the poor treatment of black coworkers, as she is white--not exactly a vindication.

I'm confused, and I can't find it... didn't we specifically have someone post a previous decision that said someone could make such a claim, even if they weren't the targets of alleged discrimination?

Demosthenes wrote:
SpacePPoliceman wrote:

It was tossed because the judge ruled the plaintiff could not claim to have been injured by the poor treatment of black coworkers, as she is white--not exactly a vindication.

I'm confused, and I can't find it... didn't we specifically have someone post a previous decision that said someone could make such a claim, even if they weren't the targets of alleged discrimination?

The white co-worker could essentially be a whistleblower, raise an issue on court on behalf of someone or report to the EEOC. The white co-worker cannot assert that they, themselves, were harmed by discrimination against their black co-workers.

The more you know, I guess.

So glad my company is beyond up to date on diversity issues... and that that is well reflected at least in my office.

Glenn Beck has his own network?! I want off this planet...

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Glenn Beck has his own network?! I want off this planet...

On the plus side, it's been around since 2011, and we've only now learned of it's existence.

Demosthenes wrote:
SpacePPoliceman wrote:

It was tossed because the judge ruled the plaintiff could not claim to have been injured by the poor treatment of black coworkers, as she is white--not exactly a vindication.

I'm confused, and I can't find it... didn't we specifically have someone post a previous decision that said someone could make such a claim, even if they weren't the targets of alleged discrimination?

The discussion was on page 2 of the thread.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Glenn Beck has his own network?! I want off this planet...

Please, take me with you.

Parallax Abstraction wrote:

Glenn Beck has his own network?! I want off this planet...

I love the reason why, though. He left because Fox News and their core was too crazy and too immoral for him to continue being there.

KingGorilla wrote:

The white co-worker could essentially be a whistleblower, raise an issue on court on behalf of someone or report to the EEOC. The white co-worker cannot assert that they, themselves, were harmed by discrimination against their black co-workers.

This case came up at work today. Sounds to me like a good time for the black co-workers to raise the issue (disclaimer: if, in fact, the alleged racism is or had been happening).

I've walked out on a job where the owner was openly racist -- after giving him a piece of my mind, naturally. In my case there were no black co-workers to be injured -- this man didn't want black people anywhere around -- but black customers were denied service. It was a bar, I ran the kitchen. He made several racist (N-word) comments to me (just to be clear, for those who don't know me, I'm white), and I told him off and walked out. A few days later I was called by the manager and offered my job back. I went to talk to the owner to see if maybe he had something worth hearing, he didn't, and I told him again to shove it and that if he thought he could judge character by the color of skin he was a fool and only hurting himself.

After all this, one of the waitresses called me to say how much she admired my nerve and wished she could do the same thing, but she really needed her job. She confessed to me that he had once told her not to approach a black couple that had entered the bar; if she ignored them they'd just leave. Which is exactly what happened, and the bar was next to empty at the time, so, there was no mistake that they were being ignored. I encouraged her to go forward with that -- but, she declined. I shared the story with everyone I knew. People deserve to know these things, and to choose whether or not they want to support that kind of philosophy.

This was one of very few cool bars in town, the owner had gone to great lengths to create an English Pub atmosphere. Not many people boycotted it for very long, though some did. I didn't spend a dime in the place again until he sold it and was long gone, though there were a few times I went when I knew he wasn't there and the bartender gave me free beers and everyone shouted "F*ck George!". The last I heard of him he had a stroke and I hoped that his rehab nurse was a large black man, a la, Regarding Henry.

But, I digress. F*ck Racist Jackasses!