​Paula Deen Employee Lawsuit Claims Racism and Sexual Harassment

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March 8, 2012

Paula Deen Lawsuit – Paula Deen is facing a lawsuit from a former employee over accusations that the overzealous southern cook, allowed a racial charged and sexual harassing atmosphere in her co-owned restaurant.

Lisa T. Jackson also alleges in court papers filed on Monday, that Deen would often casually refer to African Americans with a certain racial epithet. And also alleges that Deen’s partner Earl W. ‘Bubba’ Hiers would physically intimidate employees, also displayed pornographic material on the job and sexually harassing Jackson herself.

She also claims that Hiers forcibly kissed her on the cheek then spit on her. He also often used racial slurs.

The 48-year-old Jackson, who is a caucasian women, was looking for an unspecified amount of damages for sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress, and other charges, according to the court documents.

Jackson claims in the 5 years that she worked in the restaurant she made “numerous and frequent” complaints to upper management and Dean herself, but they did not take action to correct it, even though they knew what was going on.

Jackson claims while being in charge of the food for a wedding for Hier’s in 2007, she seeked advice from Dean on what she requested to be a “true Southern plantation-style wedding.” She says that Dean told her, that the African American’s involved should “wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around… 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.”

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