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JN
Mar 6th, 2012, 03:48 PM
Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks

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Paula Deen, pictured in January, has been sued by a Georgia woman who accuses the celebrity chef of
condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in the workplace. (Associated Press/Carlo Allegri)

By Richard Fausset March 5, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

Reporting from Atlanta—

A former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against the matronly celebrity cook, accusing her of condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in her high-profile culinary empire. The suit also accuses Deen of casually referring to black people with a racial epithet.

The civil complaint, which was filed Monday in state court in Savannah, Ga., was brought by Lisa T. Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, one of five restaurants in Deen's group. The Savannah-based oyster house is co-owned by Deen and her brother, Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers.

Much of the 33-page complaint details what it says was boorish and racist behavior by Hiers, including accusations that he physically intimidated employees, displayed pornography at work, acted toward Jackson in a sexually degrading manner — including forcibly kissing her cheek and spitting on her — and repeatedly using racial epithets.

Deen, Hiers and a number of Deen-owned companies are named as defendants in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages for sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress, and other charges. Jackson, 48, left the oyster house job in August 2010.

Calls to Deen's Savannah business office, seeking comment from her and Hiers, were referred to the Rose Group, a Los Angeles-based “brand relations agency.” Calls to the Rose Group were not returned Monday.

Jackson — a white woman who managed a number African American employees — claims that over the course of five years, she made “numerous and frequent” complaints of racial and sexual harassment and other abusive treatment to Deen and others in her restaurant group’s upper management, but they declined to act, even though the conduct was “universally known.”

It is unclear what effect the allegations will have on Deen, who, according to her website, has risen to the status of “American lifestyle icon,” with her combination of charming Southern shtick and gut-busting comfort food, including an egg-topped bacon burger with a doughnut bun. She is the star of two Food Network (http://www.latimes.com/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/food-network-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP0000010453.topic) shows and the author of cookbooks that have sold more than 8 million copies.

Perhaps the most explosive allegation in the suit is that Deen, a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/television/oprah-winfrey-PECLB004206.topic) show, used the epithet. Jackson claims that she was in charge of the food for Hiers’ 2007 wedding and asked Deen what look the wedding should have.

Deen, the suit alleges, told Jackson she wanted a “true Southern plantation-style wedding” and, using the epithet, suggested African Americans that would “wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/shirley-temple-PECLB003829.topic) 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.”
In an interview Monday, Jackson's attorney, S. Wesley Woolf, declined to comment when asked whether anyone other than his client had heard Deen speak those words.

In January, Deen announced she has Type 2 diabetes (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/diabetes-HEDAI0000022.topic) and had become a spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company that makes a diabetes medication.

(Source (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-paula-deen-lawsuit-20120305,0,5799368.story))

Additional Reporting: Former Employees To Come Forward As Witnesses In Paula Deen 'N Word' Lawsuit (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/03/paula-deen-lawsuit-former-employees-come-forward-witnesses-n-word-harassment)

edificio
Mar 7th, 2012, 06:52 AM
I never liked this woman.

mykarma
Mar 7th, 2012, 07:22 PM
Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2012-03/116896540-05153137.jpg
Paula Deen, pictured in January, has been sued by a Georgia woman who accuses the celebrity chef of
condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in the workplace. (Associated Press/Carlo Allegri)

By Richard Fausset March 5, 2012, 3:44 p.m.

Reporting from Atlanta—

A former employee of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen has filed a lawsuit against the matronly celebrity cook, accusing her of condoning an atmosphere of sexual harassment and racism in her high-profile culinary empire. The suit also accuses Deen of casually referring to black people with a racial epithet.

The civil complaint, which was filed Monday in state court in Savannah, Ga., was brought by Lisa T. Jackson, a former manager at Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, one of five restaurants in Deen's group. The Savannah-based oyster house is co-owned by Deen and her brother, Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers.

Much of the 33-page complaint details what it says was boorish and racist behavior by Hiers, including accusations that he physically intimidated employees, displayed pornography at work, acted toward Jackson in a sexually degrading manner — including forcibly kissing her cheek and spitting on her — and repeatedly using racial epithets.

Deen, Hiers and a number of Deen-owned companies are named as defendants in the suit, which seeks unspecified damages for sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress, and other charges. Jackson, 48, left the oyster house job in August 2010.

Calls to Deen's Savannah business office, seeking comment from her and Hiers, were referred to the Rose Group, a Los Angeles-based “brand relations agency.” Calls to the Rose Group were not returned Monday.

Jackson — a white woman who managed a number African American employees — claims that over the course of five years, she made “numerous and frequent” complaints of racial and sexual harassment and other abusive treatment to Deen and others in her restaurant group’s upper management, but they declined to act, even though the conduct was “universally known.”

It is unclear what effect the allegations will have on Deen, who, according to her website, has risen to the status of “American lifestyle icon,” with her combination of charming Southern shtick and gut-busting comfort food, including an egg-topped bacon burger with a doughnut bun. She is the star of two Food Network (http://www.latimes.com/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/food-network-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP0000010453.topic) shows and the author of cookbooks that have sold more than 8 million copies.

Perhaps the most explosive allegation in the suit is that Deen, a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/television/oprah-winfrey-PECLB004206.topic) show, used the epithet. Jackson claims that she was in charge of the food for Hiers’ 2007 wedding and asked Deen what look the wedding should have.

Deen, the suit alleges, told Jackson she wanted a “true Southern plantation-style wedding” and, using the epithet, suggested African Americans that would “wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple (http://www.latimes.com/topic/entertainment/shirley-temple-PECLB003829.topic) 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.”
In an interview Monday, Jackson's attorney, S. Wesley Woolf, declined to comment when asked whether anyone other than his client had heard Deen speak those words.

In January, Deen announced she has Type 2 diabetes (http://www.latimes.com/topic/health/diseases-illnesses/diabetes-HEDAI0000022.topic) and had become a spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company that makes a diabetes medication.

(Source (http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-paula-deen-lawsuit-20120305,0,5799368.story))

Additional Reporting: Former Employees To Come Forward As Witnesses In Paula Deen 'N Word' Lawsuit (http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/03/paula-deen-lawsuit-former-employees-come-forward-witnesses-n-word-harassment)
Jackson had better watch it because Deen's lawyers will make every effort to hang her out to dry and actually not surprised at the allegations.

JN
Mar 7th, 2012, 08:05 PM
Jackson had better watch it because Deen's lawyers will make every effort to hang her out to dry and actually not surprised at the allegations.

Yeah, she's a throwback to the antebellum south... it goes with the territory.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17fm9uq3qx5gtjpg/medium.jpg

Sammo
Mar 7th, 2012, 08:45 PM
I've never heard of her :lol:

JN
Mar 7th, 2012, 08:59 PM
I've never heard of her :lol:

That's why the Good Lord created Google.com (https://www.google.com/). :angel:

Sammo
Mar 7th, 2012, 09:01 PM
That's why the Good Lord created Google.com (https://www.google.com/). :angel:

From what I see she's some kind of dotty looking version of Martha Stewart

mykarma
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:19 PM
Yeah, she's a throwback to the antebellum south... it goes with the territory.

http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17fm9uq3qx5gtjpg/medium.jpg
:hysteric::hysteric::hysteric:

Helen Lawson
Mar 7th, 2012, 10:41 PM
Jackson had better watch it because Deen's lawyers will make every effort to hang her out to dry and actually not surprised at the allegations.

Why are you not surprised by the allegations?

Stamp Paid
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:07 PM
Say it ain't so Paula! :(

JN
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:08 PM
O/T: One must know the rat in order to catch it in the trap.

Helen Lawson
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Say it ain't so Paula! :(

She has! She said the woman was trying to extort big money from her and her brother and threatened to smear them if they didn't pay. Who knows, I've seen it both ways. I think she's overprocessed and more of a product now with no substance, but that doesn't mean she said all that stuff.

ico4498
Mar 7th, 2012, 11:29 PM
That's why the Good Lord created Google.com (https://www.google.com/). :angel:

good lord created but the devil took it over ...

http://i.imgur.com/lrsal.png

i like Paula's public persona. she shares her stage with many new & upcoming food personalities.

Bayo
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:23 AM
Yeah, she's a throwback to the antebellum south... it goes with the territory.



And you're basing this on unsubstantiated claims in a lawsuit?

JN
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:29 AM
And you're basing this on unsubstantiated claims in a lawsuit?

No, from watching her schtick over the years on the Food Network and from having lived in the area she represents for 5.5 years.

Helen Lawson
Mar 8th, 2012, 12:36 AM
No, from watching her schtick over the years on the Food Network and from having lived in the area she represents for 5.5 years.

Did you eat at the restaurant in question?

DemWilliamsGulls
Mar 8th, 2012, 02:25 AM
She seems like she would do some condone some shit like that....typical from a southener...unfortunately.

Infiniti2001
Mar 8th, 2012, 02:58 AM
I smell a rat and I will not condemn Paula until all is said and done...

Bayo
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:21 AM
Well, as a Food Network addict, I can't say that there's been any indication of this in her shows. She has always welcomed an interracial cast of guest cooks. Down Home with the Neelys is basically a spin-off of her show, after their multiple appearances became so popular.

Furthermore, as concerns this idea that bigotry can automatically be assumed given her geographic location, she's also consistently presented herself as gay-friendly. Her gay assistant was introduced when she appeared on Kathy Griffin's show, and she even had a drag queen working the crowd at her restaurant. RuPaul was a guest on her live show.

Also I remember reading a New York Times review of her memoir, and it mentioned that in the book she discusses the shame she feels over a racist incident from her childhood (a black maid sent to jail for spanking her).

I'm not saying these allegations can't be true, but I find it unwarranted to automatically assume their veracity.

miffedmax
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:39 AM
I am kind of resenting the idea that being a white person from the South automatically makes you a racist.

I'm not a big fan of hers, but most of the allegations actually seem to be against her brother and she is innocent until proven guilty.

Moveyourfeet
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:39 AM
Paula Deen... gut-busting comfort food, including an egg-topped bacon burger with a doughnut bun.

:speakles:

Vartan
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:39 AM
This can't be true.

Infiniti2001
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:29 AM
Well, as a Food Network addict, I can't say that there's been any indication of this in her shows. She has always welcomed an interracial cast of guest cooks. Down Home with the Neelys is basically a spin-off of her show, after their multiple appearances became so popular.

Furthermore, as concerns this idea that bigotry can automatically be assumed given her geographic location, she's also consistently presented herself as gay-friendly. Her gay assistant was introduced when she appeared on Kathy Griffin's show, and she even had a drag queen working the crowd at her restaurant. RuPaul was a guest on her live show.

Also I remember reading a New York Times review of her memoir, and it mentioned that in the book she discusses the shame she feels over a racist incident from her childhood (a black maid sent to jail for spanking her).

I'm not saying these allegations can't be true, but I find it unwarranted to automatically assume their veracity.

I couldn't have said it any better..

Mashabator
Mar 8th, 2012, 07:38 AM
Only know of her cos of her Lasagne sandwich and deep fried cheesecake videos :lol:
Paula how could you.

JN
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:16 PM
Well, as a Food Network addict, I can't say that there's been any indication of this in her shows. She has always welcomed an interracial cast of guest cooks. Down Home with the Neelys is basically a spin-off of her show, after their multiple appearances became so popular.

Furthermore, as concerns this idea that bigotry can automatically be assumed given her geographic location, she's also consistently presented herself as gay-friendly. Her gay assistant was introduced when she appeared on Kathy Griffin's show, and she even had a drag queen working the crowd at her restaurant. RuPaul was a guest on her live show.

Also I remember reading a New York Times review of her memoir, and it mentioned that in the book she discusses the shame she feels over a racist incident from her childhood (a black maid sent to jail for spanking her).

I'm not saying these allegations can't be true, but I find it unwarranted to automatically assume their veracity.

Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.

HippityHop
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:25 PM
I smell a rat and I will not condemn Paula until all is said and done...

It is interesting.

Helen Lawson
Mar 8th, 2012, 01:31 PM
Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.

Paula Deen owns a plantation?

mykarma
Mar 8th, 2012, 02:04 PM
Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.
I was thinking the same thing when I read that statement but didn't bother to post because many people especially younger people have no clue. Slave women use to breast feeds massa's babies but they were still slaves that were whipped raped and whatever else massa felt like administering at the moment.

Just because someone says that they're not surprised at the allegations doesn't mean they're saying that she's guilty and because someone's from the south doesn't make them racist.

miffedmax
Mar 8th, 2012, 03:35 PM
Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.

The more likely explanation is--regardless of Paula's feelings--somebody ran the Q-ratings and the other factors and figured those chefs, whether black, Asian, white, or Hispanic, would draw viewers. You can't infer too much from a show' guest list about what a particular person associated with the show thinks.

JN
Mar 8th, 2012, 04:25 PM
The more likely explanation is--regardless of Paula's feelings--somebody ran the Q-ratings and the other factors and figured those chefs, whether black, Asian, white, or Hispanic, would draw viewers. You can't infer too much from a show' guest list about what a particular person associated with the show thinks.

Too true. Jerry Springer having KKK and neo-Nazi members on his show doesn't mean he supports them. Ratings/money talks.

Bayo
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:00 PM
Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.

Your first point is ridiculous.

I'd ask for you to share some of these "informed assumptions," but I see we're headed nowhere fast.

Over and out.

NyCPsU
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Plantation owners invited Black cooks into their homes, as well. And there's nothing "automatic" about my informed assumptions. You see things differently, so be it.

Informed assumptions? How so?

I can't with this poster. :o

NyCPsU
Mar 8th, 2012, 05:02 PM
Your first point is ridiculous.

I'd ask for you to share some of these "informed assumptions," but I see we're headed nowhere fast.

Over and out.

:lol: You beat me to it. :p

Helen Lawson
Mar 8th, 2012, 06:34 PM
So now Paula Deen owns a plantation, whips and rapes slaves, and makes them breast feed her children?

She looks old as hell, but I had no idea she was over 175 years old.

JN
Mar 9th, 2012, 04:10 AM
Your first point is ridiculous.

I'd ask for you to share some of these "informed assumptions," but I see we're headed nowhere fast.

Over and out.

What's ridiculous is you feeling that Paula having "the Neely's" and "an interracial cast of guest cooks" on her show somehow erases any possibility of her being guilty of the racial allegations brought against her. That's tantamount to saying, "But I have Black friends", when faced with being called a racist.

Your high horse has feeble legs, so get off of it before your neck gets broken.

JN
Mar 9th, 2012, 04:39 AM
Informed assumptions? How so?

I can't with this poster. :o

I like how you reacted to what I'd have to say, immediately after asking me a question, before giving me a chance to answer it. :yeah:

I've lived in a number of Atlanta's suburbs where you'd see confederate flags flying more than you'd see the stars and stripes. Stone Mountain and Alpharetta, GA being the most notorious. I also lived and worked in Savannah, GA - where Paula Deen calls home - for 2 of the 5.5 years I spent in the state. I've experienced the smiling faces first-hand, and can pick them out like black-eyed peas in a sea of rice. So, if you've got some experience to share, come with it, otherwise, sit the fuck down!

Helen Lawson
Mar 9th, 2012, 11:28 AM
Broken neck and profanity, nice!

How do you pick out them out? You sound like a TSA guard who racially profiles to me.

NyCPsU
Mar 9th, 2012, 01:38 PM
I'm sitting already but thanks. I reacted to everything youve said in this thread and every other thread Ive had the pleasure of finding you spewing your hate in.

But to answer your question, I unfortunately have never worked for Paula Deen, her brother, or eaten in any of her restaurants. So, no, I dont have any relevant experience to this situation. :)

Londoner
Mar 9th, 2012, 01:40 PM
Never heard of her, and you shouldn't judge on looks, but she looks like that TV Preacher's wife who died - Tammy somebody. She had the same eyes and makeup.

Londoner
Mar 9th, 2012, 01:49 PM
So now Paula Deen owns a plantation, whips and rapes slaves, and makes them breast feed her children?

She looks old as hell, but I had no idea she was over 175 years old.

:lol:

If she eats what people on here says she cooks, then she ain't making it to THAT age!

Her 'menus' make my eating habits look like Gwynneth Paltrow's!!

JN
Mar 9th, 2012, 02:05 PM
I'm sitting already but thanks. I reacted to everything youve said in this thread and every other thread Ive had the pleasure of finding you spewing your hate in.

But to answer your question, I unfortunately have never worked for Paula Deen, her brother, or eaten in any of her restaurants. So, no, I dont have any relevant experience to this situation. :)

Me? Hate? :lol: You're even more confused than I thought.

miffedmax
Mar 9th, 2012, 03:31 PM
I think some people are both making the mistake of guilt or innocence by association, frankly.

Again, most of the real allegations seem to be against her brother--not all siblings share the same values, for example my sister is much more conservative than me, and I'm much more conservative than my brother (though my sister is pretty much a blue dog Democrat, while I'm an Independent).

I think mykarma more or less has it right--the allegations are not surprising, but she is presumed innocent. I am also not surprised by the Deen's claim that a vengeful former employee is out to get them. Certainly, that is believable, too.

Helen Lawson
Mar 9th, 2012, 09:07 PM
How are the allegations "not surprising"? Because she's white and from the South and old?

young_gunner913
Mar 9th, 2012, 09:38 PM
Oh Paula :sad:

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_limjmwyL261qi1xcjo1_500.jpg

miffedmax
Mar 10th, 2012, 02:49 AM
How are the allegations "not surprising"? Because she's white and from the South and old?

Yes. If somebody wanted to attack an older, Southern white person accusing them of being a racist is a pretty obvious tact to take.

Believe me, I've had people make assumptions like that about me based on the facts I'm white, Southern and male.

The fact I am not surprised such allegations have been made does not mean I believe them or disbelieve them.

I do not know. I believe she is innocent until proven guilty, in contrast, to say, Rush Limbaugh, who is blatantly obviously a sexist buffoon.

Londoner
Mar 10th, 2012, 07:28 PM
I do not know. I believe she is innocent until proven guilty.

Agree. The basis of any civilised justice driven society. The woman could very well be the victim of an extortion scam, or not.

Some on here argue for such a justice system then jump on Ms Deen without real evidence or a fair hearing because the cause is racism!

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 10th, 2012, 08:46 PM
Oh Paula :sad:

http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_limjmwyL261qi1xcjo1_500.jpg

:lol:

It hasn't been a good last couple months for the Deen Empire :awww:

On a good note, her bakeware worked just fine for my party last week :p

Helen Lawson
Mar 10th, 2012, 11:35 PM
Agree. The basis of any civilised justice driven society. The woman could very well be the victim of an extortion scam, or not.

Some on here argue for such a justice system then jump on Ms Deen without real evidence or a fair hearing because the cause is racism!

Classic thread in so many ways.

plantman
Mar 11th, 2012, 03:18 AM
She has! She said the woman was trying to extort big money from her and her brother and threatened to smear them if they didn't pay. Who knows, I've seen it both ways. I think she's overprocessed and more of a product now with no substance, but that doesn't mean she said all that stuff.

Read somewhere that the case could be dropped if Deen would cough up a million or so....:scratch:

Met Paula last year while she was in Alaska. Lovely lady!!!

Helen Lawson
Mar 11th, 2012, 10:26 AM
Oprah and her friend Gayle just interviewed Paula Deen at her house in pajamas. Oprah then went on Paula's trampoline in a body harness and bungee cords.

Only in America!

CrossCourt~Rally
Mar 11th, 2012, 10:47 PM
Oprah and her friend Gayle just interviewed Paula Deen at her house in pajamas. Oprah then went on Paula's trampoline in a body harness and bungee cords.

Only in America!

That was hilarious! :haha:

plantman
Mar 11th, 2012, 10:57 PM
Oprah and her friend Gayle just interviewed Paula Deen at her house in pajamas. Oprah then went on Paula's trampoline in a body harness and bungee cords.

Only in America!

"Do you pee if you get excited":lol:

See trampoline vid here.

http://www.wkktfm.com/pages/meg.html?article=9848781

Helen Lawson
Mar 11th, 2012, 11:47 PM
Disturbing.

JN
Mar 12th, 2012, 06:51 PM
'SNL' Paula Deen Skit Takes On Sexual Harassment Lawsuit, Diabetes (VIDEO)

Posted: 03/12/2012

http://i.huffpost.com/gen/529703/thumbs/s-SNL-PAULA-DEEN-large300.jpg

Kristen Wiig made a pretty convincing Paula Deen in this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," claiming the recent the sexual harassment allegations (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/05/paula-deen-brother-sued-sexual-harassment_n_1321679.html?ir=Food) recently launched against Deen were as "stupid as fat-free cream cheese."

After calling diabetes "the sugars," Wiig/Deen went on to describe her recent lawsuit as "more of a mess than a barbecue rib dinner at an old folks home where everybody's got the shakes." And when Seth Meyers inquired about the accusation that Deen used the "N word," Wiig/Deen asked which one. "The bad one," he responded. Her response? "Nutrition."

Watch: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/snl-paula-deen_n_1338652.html