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Posted: Friday September 18, 2009 12:15AM; Updated: Friday September 18, 2009 12:15AM

Judge OK's lawsuit against Bryant

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Kobe Bryant's former housekeeper is suing Bryant and his wife

A judge said the lawsuit for wrongful termination may continue

Bryant is countersuing the housekeeper for violating a confidentiality agreement

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SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A judge in California has ruled that Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's former housekeeper can continue her wrongful discharge case but can't sue for emotional distress.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Kirk Nakamura also ruled Thursday that Bryant and his wife Vanessa can pursue their countersuit against Maria Jimenez for violating a confidentiality agreement by talking to reporters about the family.

The judge says Jimenez cannot sue for invasion of privacy because she knew about the video cameras in the Bryants' house. Her attorney, William Vogeler, says the ruling is still a victory for his client because the case can go forward.

Jimenez says she was denied health insurance and was forced to quit because her employers demeaned and humiliated her.

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