Paula Dean, the Emmy Award-winning Food Network cook, is not stirring a delicious dish, but a whole heap of trouble. Dean and her brother Bubba Hier are being sued for sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress and assault.
Lisa Jackson, a former general manager at the siblings’ restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, GA, says the pair made offensive, sexist and racist comments over during the period she worked there, according to TMZ.
The lawsuit, which has been posted online by RadarOnline, presents some damaging claims made by Jackson, who was an employee from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, Jackson was appointed to handle catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding. Jackson said she was offended by a response Deen gave her when she asked her what servers should wear. Deen allegedly responded:
“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 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.”
Another alleged racist incident listed in the lawsuit:
“In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n***er-rig it.”
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Paula Dean and Bubba Heir have yet to respond to the claims.
To Read the Lawsuit in its entirety, click here
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