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Paula Deen lawsuit: Did Food Network darling drop the 'n' word?

deenPaula011912_opt_copyBY ADELE SAMMARCO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

When it rains it pours for Food Network host Paula Deen.

Facing public scrutiny over concealing her diabetes for years while showcasing high fat content foods on her show, the 65 year old “Southern Belle of Butter” has now been slapped with a lawsuit.

A former employee of Paula Deen Enterprises has filed suit Monday not only against Deen, but her brother Earl W. "Bubba" Hiers, as well.

The lawsuit, obtained by Radaronline, states Lisa T. Jackson, was subjected to violent behavior by Bubba Hiers that included sexual harassment and emotional distress of Jackson and other female employees, and assault and battery. The complaint also states Hiers acted in a sexually degrading manner, including forcibly kissing Jackson on her cheek and spitting at her.

Jackson’s attorneys state the conduct was not only offensive, but physically threatening and universally humiliating that the staff at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Georgia lived in fear of Bubba Hiers.

A shocking racial epithet against President Obama is just one of the many explosive allegations in the bombshell lawsuit.

Among the stunning allegations in the suit, Uncle Bubba's restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers, stated in Jackson’s presence that “they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he could n***er-rig it."

The lawsuit also claims that Deen herself used the “N”- word in front of employees.

According to court documents, Jackson states she was in charge of catering for Bubba's wedding in 2007, and received a stunning response when asked what the wait staff should wear.

"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 alleges Paula 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."

The documents state Jackson became the General Manager of Bubba’s Oyster and Seafood House, which is co-owned by Deen and her brother, after the previous GM was fired for having sexual relations with the servers.

Deen, who stars in two Food Network programs and is a best-selling cookbook author, allegedly said in a meeting in which Jackson was present, "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."

The complaint also alleges Jackson was unfairly paid as compared to her male counterparts. According to court documents, on more than one occasion, Bubba Hiers told Jackson, “If there is one thing I learned from my sister, if it ever comes down to firing a guy or a girl, you let the girl go because they are a dime a dozen and you can always find a girl to come work for you, but it’s hard to find good guys.”

Jackson, 48, was given six months to turn the restaurant from a failure into a success and did so by doubling the profits of the restaurant, all the while Jackson alleges Deen's brother routinely viewed pornography in an office they shared.

The court documents state, “Bubba Hiers is a frequent customer of pornography websites and would download and view such sites at work. In the small office he shared with Jackson, it was impossible for her to avoid the pornography."

The suit states Hiers also asked Jackson to "bring pictures of herself when she was young for him to view," and told her, “you have nice legs”, and that he would like to replace the staff with "Hooters girls".

At a manager's meeting, Hiers allegedly brought copies of an email stating ‘Why Gay Marriage Should Be Legal,’ and showed pictures of women having sex with other women.

After five years of working at the restaurant, Jackson left in 2010 because she says management did nothing about her complaints.

Former employees are expected to be called as witnesses in the case.

So far, no official comment regarding the suit from Deen and Hiers. Since admitting to having Type II Diabetes, Deen has become a spokesperson for a pharmaceutical company that makes a diabetes medication and has dropped two dress sizes.

 
Comments (3)
3 Friday, 16 March 2012 09:05
Santa Clause
In other news....the sky is blue.
2 Thursday, 08 March 2012 15:37
Rondean
What can you expect from a redneck from Albany, Ga. I would love to hear the names she called Oprah behind her back!!!
1 Wednesday, 07 March 2012 11:12
wayne etheridge
Paula... Paula...Paula... money has gone to your head..did you call Oprah and Gail thoses names when they came to you home.....

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