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Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks
The Chicago Tribune ^ | March 5, 2012 | Richard Fausset

Posted on 03/07/2012 11:46:31 AM PST by Redcat

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: blackmail; lawsuitabuse; lisajackson; lisatjackson; pauladeen; racism
Further digging seems to indicate that the disgruntled former employee tried to extort money from Ms. Deen in return for her silence. No, this doesn't stink at all...
1 posted on 03/07/2012 11:46:38 AM PST by Redcat
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To: Redcat

Original headline from the article....

” Paula Deen accused of condoning sexual harassment, racist remarks “


2 posted on 03/07/2012 11:51:48 AM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Redcat

The day after my family joined me in Texas, we ate a a local Jims restaurant. The waitress came up to us and in her biggest smile said, “Can I get you some coffee, sugar?”

My wife almost had a stroke. “That’s discrimination, that’s not right, that is offensive.” (we are from the Northeast) I had to explain to her it is called southern hospitality and she should only worry when someone says to her, “well bless your heart.”


3 posted on 03/07/2012 11:52:37 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The left are all fluked up!!)
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To: Redcat
Paula was a good success story, and enjoyable in the beginning, but I think that money and fame has turned her head.

My wife being an excellent cook was a big fan so I paid over $100 for a ticket so she could see Deen who was appearing in Atlanta. Deen came out on stage and said "Thanks for coming", and left...leaving the cooking demo to the "hired help" who know one ever heard of.

Then later when I heard she was crazy about Jimmy Carter, and supported the obamas, we abandoned her altogether.
4 posted on 03/07/2012 11:52:49 AM PST by FrankR (You are only enslaved to the extent of the entitlements you receive.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Well bless (his/her/your/their) heart.

The true southern insult.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 11:54:48 AM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (God is dead - William Hamilton....William Hamilton is dead - God (And he means it))
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To: Redcat

Has the aggrieved received a phone call from the First Lady?


6 posted on 03/07/2012 11:56:06 AM PST by GSWarrior
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To: Redcat
Years ago my wife and I dined at Paula Deen’s first restaurant, Mother And Sons. I can only say based on the brief meeting we had with her, Paula was extremely nice and friendly and it was some of the best fried chicken I'd have ever had.
7 posted on 03/07/2012 11:57:17 AM PST by Recon Dad (Gas & Petroleum Junkie)
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To: Redcat

You can’t criticize Mother Michelle or be friendly to Sarah Palin:

Paula Deen Says Michelle Obama Can Really Eat
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2791980/posts

Paula Deen: Michelle Obama likes fried food too (and ate more than anyone else on her show)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2791072/posts

IDDBA’s Dairy-Deli-Bake 2012 Program Announced (Paula Deen, Sarah Palin, Terry Bradshaw, others)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2848527/posts


8 posted on 03/07/2012 12:03:51 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: GeorgiaDawg32
Well bless (his/her/your/their) heart. The true southern insult.

Why?

9 posted on 03/07/2012 12:05:52 PM PST by trailhkr1
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“Can I get you some coffee, sugar?”

...how could anyone confuse that with discrimination?! I think it’s refreshing to hear a lady call me “sugar”. the NE mentality is destroying this country.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 12:14:06 PM PST by albie
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To: albie

“Why?”

In the south, “Bless your heart” = “Up yours.” In a sweet way, y’know. I love the language of the south and am finally getting the hang of it after two years in TN.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 12:16:45 PM PST by MayflowerMadam (Don't blame me; I voted for the American.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Your wife really got ticked off by that? Really?

I’m not trying to cause a stir...just very curious. Is she a liberal?

I thought I was a “liberal” until my late twenties, but, even then, I don’t think that would have bugged me.

Oh, and btw, I held a deep seated conviction (due to brainwashing in public school/univ) that the South was backwards, racist and evil.

10 years ago I FINALLY got a chance to go to the SOUTH. I LOVED THE HOSPITALITY. Never saw anything like that before. If a nice lady called me or my husband or kids “Sugar”....made me feel special and cared for.

So...help a reformed Dem/lib out...what bugged your wife?


12 posted on 03/07/2012 12:18:31 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: GeorgiaDawg32

I never knew the “bless yer heart” thingy, until recently.

Oh, how I love it...used in the appropriate way against a dumb-arsed lefty.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 12:20:06 PM PST by Pigsley
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To: trailhkr1

It’s a southern way of POLITELY telling someone to go pound sand. It’s especially amusing when said by a old southern lady.


14 posted on 03/07/2012 12:22:54 PM PST by GeorgiaDawg32 (God is dead - William Hamilton....William Hamilton is dead - God (And he means it))
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To: Redcat

Yeah, it’s not like Paula Deen ever made any sexual remarks on her television show (including about her son’s private parts or her husband’s ‘sausage’).


16 posted on 03/07/2012 12:26:09 PM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl; Redcat

She’s what I call a dirty bird. Haven’t you ever met someone like that?


17 posted on 03/07/2012 12:39:12 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: FrankR
Then later when I heard she was crazy about Jimmy Carter, and supported the obamas, we abandoned her altogether.

This is an example of being hoisted on ones' petard.

18 posted on 03/07/2012 12:42:25 PM PST by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Redcat

19 posted on 03/07/2012 12:52:08 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: MayflowerMadam

I say “Bless your/his/her heart” all the time, and don’t mean it in a nasty way. Depends on the context of the conversation.


20 posted on 03/07/2012 1:07:20 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: MayflowerMadam
Bless your heart can be used that way, it can also be meant as a term of deep sympathy if the person has had anything from a bad day to a tragedy.

The "up yours way" will generally involve a smile and it's always in reply to something snobby in my experience.

This is SC, so your mileage may vary when crossing state lines... :)

21 posted on 03/07/2012 1:25:14 PM PST by lovecraft (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Well, I’ve been saved by the grace of southern charm
I got a mouth like a sailor and yours is more like a Hallmark card
If you wanna pick a fight, well, I’m gonna have to say good night
I don’t have to be hateful, I can just say, “Bless your heart”

And even though I don’t belong with your high life friends
Doesn’t mean we don’t get together and try to make amends
It’s easier can’t you see? Let’s agree to just disagree
We don’t have to like each other but it’s sure fun to pretend

So let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines
You got your friend just like I got mine
We might think a little differently
But we got a lot in common you will see
We’re just like you, only prettier


22 posted on 03/07/2012 2:30:59 PM PST by SolidRedState (I used to think bizarro world was a fiction.)
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To: Redcat

To prevent duplication, please do not alter the published title.


23 posted on 03/07/2012 2:39:35 PM PST by Sidebar Moderator
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