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WSAV News 3 has learned that the sexual discrimination portion of Lisa Jackson's lawsuit against Paula Deen has been officially dismissed in Federal Court. However, new actions remain in the case:

WSAV was the first to report that Lisa Jackson's lawyer may now face discipline from Federal Court for statements he made during the Deen case.

News 3 has learned that the agreement was filed and signed with prejudice which means that plaintiff Lisa Jackson cannot refile the lawsuit. No monetary award was listed in the order.

Representatives with Paula Deen's public relations firm released two statements to WSAV, from Deen and Jackson:

First on 3 Deen Statement:

"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.

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. Lisa Jackson worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for more than 5 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. I look forward to getting back to doing what I love."

Lisa Jackson Statement

"During a very difficult period in my life the Deen family gave me hope and the opportunity to work to build a brighter future for my family and me.

I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case. The Paula Deen I have known for more than 8 years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone.

I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue.

 I wish Ms. Deen and her family all the best in all of their future endeavors and I am very pleased that this matter has been now been resolved and can now be put behind us."

According to the Order of Dismissal, there is no award of any costs or fees to any party.

The development comes less than two weeks after a federal judge dismissed Jackson's other half of the lawsuit which claimed racial discrimination.

Jackson, a former employee, can't claim to be a victim of racial discrimination targeting African-American workers because she is white, U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled.

"At best, plaintiff is an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination," Moore wrote.

Jackson's federal lawsuit accused Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, of numerous acts of violence, discrimination and racism.

Jackson worked at The Lady and Sons and Uncle Bubba's Oyster House for five years.

Jackson began as a hostess at Uncle Bubba's in 2005 and eventually became general manager.

She was fired in August 2010.

Stay with News 3 for updates.

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