Paula Deen Dumps Legal Team

New lawyer specializes in employment discrimination suits

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2013 9:08 AM CDT

(Newser) – First she ditched her agent, now Paula Deen is swapping out her legal team in the latest fallout from her n-word scandal, the AP reports. Her new lead counsel is Grace Speights, an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, who specializes in employment discrimination defense. (The n-word admission came out of a lawsuit from a former manager of a restaurant Deen co-owns with her brother, who says she was sexually harassed and also claims racial slurs were commonplace at the restaurant.)

In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, Paula Deen applauds at the Women's Conference 2009 Night in Long Beach, Calif.
In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, Paula Deen applauds at the Women's Conference 2009 Night in Long Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)
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