Paula Deen Lawsuit: Food Network Star Accused of Sexual Harassment, Using the 'N-Word'
A former restaurant employee has filed papers alleging that the celebrity chef and her brother often expressed sexist and racist sentiments in the workplace.
Paula Deen and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers, have lawyered up following an explosive new lawsuit accusing the duo of sexism and racism in the workplace.
Former employee Lisa Jackson filed papers alleging that the former Food Network star, who co-owns Bubba’s Oyster and Seafood House in Savannah, Georgia with her brother, of using the N-word and other offensive language. Heirs is accused of viewing pornography in the workplace, among other sexually charged offenses. Read the documents here, via Radar.
Among the allegations, Deen is said to have made racially offensive comments, including one regarding the desired dress code for servers at her brother’s wedding.
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson claims Deen told her. "Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn't it? But we can't do that because the media would be on me about that."
According to the documents, Jackson became the General Manager of the restaurant after her male predecessor was fired for engaging in sexual relationships with the servers. In the meeting, Deen allegedly said: "If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**y, you better think again, and now I'm going to do something I have never done I am going to put a woman in a man's job."
For his part, Hiers is said to have downloaded pornography onto his computer in the office that he shared with Jackson. He also allegedly printed out photos of women having sex with each other with a caption reading, “Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal.”
Jackson left the restaurant after five years because -- she claims -- management failed to take action despite her multiple complaints of sexual harassment. She is suing both Deen and Hiers individually, as well as Deen’s companies Paula Deen Enterprises, The Lady & Sons, The Lady Enterprises and Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, Inc.
On Monday, Deen’s lawyer Greg Hodges slammed the allegations, telling Georgia's Daily Report that all accusations in the suit are “false.”
“From this point forward we’re not commenting,” he told ABC News. “We don’t comment on pending litigation except to the extent that I’ve already commented. We will file our defense proceedings this week and we will file some motions.”
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