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    Paula Deen Discrimination Case Officially Closed, Judge Approved Dismissal

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    And just like that, the case is closed.

    A federal judge has signed off on a deal to dismiss a discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen Monday morning. The lawsuit was brought on by a former employee of Deen's, who claimed that she suffered sexual harassment and other mistreatment while working at their Savannah, Ga., restaurant.

    The order was closed "with prejudice," which means that that the former employee cannot sue again over the same allegations.

    Deen got news of the legal victory on Aug. 23, when the judge originally dismissed the case.

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    Plaintiff Lisa Jackson's claims of racial discrimination had already been thrown out last week, with U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruling that Jackson, who is white, could not sue over treatment she said that she observed rather than was subjected to herself.

    Court documents filed last week show that no money, including legal costs or fees, was awarded to either party.

    "While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the Judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said in a statement obtained by E! News.

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    She added, "During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming. I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone."

    Of her accuser, Deen said, "Lisa Jackson worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for more than five years and we appreciate her service."

    "Moving forward my team and I are working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my businesses operations," Deen concluded. "I look forward to getting back to doing what I love."

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