U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled that Lisa Jackson, a former manager at celebrity chef Paula Deen's restaurant, had no standing to sue Deen and her brother Bubba Heirs for race discrimination, reported the Associated Press.
The judge ruled against Jackson, who is white, saying that because of her race, she was not the target of unlawful discrimination, reported WSAV.
In the order, the judge wrote:
"the Court concludes that Plaintiff is not an aggrieved party under Title VII because her interests are not those arguably sought to be protected by that statue. At best, Plaintiff is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination. There are no allegations that Defendant Hiers's racially offensive comments were either directed toward Plaintiff or made with the intent to harass her."