Apr 13

What’s Cookin’ in Paula Deen’s Kitchen? Discrimination Allegations

Paula Deen. Photo: AP photo

After celebrity chef Paula Deen refused to pay a former restaurant worker to keep quiet, Lisa Jackson has decided to file a lawsuit against Paula Deen for allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Paula Deen co-owns the restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Ga. with her brother, Bubba Hiers.


Deen is under fire for allegedly sexually harassing and inflicting assault and emotional distress on her employees, using the N-word and creating a hostile working environment. The lawsuit comes after a recent wave of criticism following Deen’s public coming out with her having Type 2 Diabetes.

In one incident, Jackson alleges that Hiers requested that she bring to work pornographic pictures of herself. In her lawsuit, Jackson claims Hiers viewed Internet pornography at the restaurant, drank on the job, made sexually charged comments to her and other staff members, kissed her and spat at her. Jackson, further alleges that both Deen and Hiers frequently made racist comments and used the N-word.


Jackson is seeking unspecified damages.

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