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Paula Deen & Brother

Sued for Sexual Harassment

3/5/2012 10:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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It's ironic -- Paula Deen fired an allegedly philandering general manager of one of her restaurants because, as she put it, "If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**sy, you better think again." So Paula replaced the G.M. with a woman, and now she's suing Paula and her brother for ... sexual harassment.

Lisa Jackson worked as the G.M. for Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Georgia from 2005 - 2010.  Paula's brother, Bubba Hiers, is part owner along with Paula.  Lisa claims Bubba brought "inescapable pornography" to the workplace all the time, often visiting XXX websites on the kitchen computer and failing to log off.

According to the suit, Bubba allegedly asked Lisa to bring pics of herself to work -- pics of her when she was younger -- telling her, "You have nice legs."

Bubba also told Lisa two women at the restaurant were "fat girls" and shouldn't be wearing capri pants or skirts.

And get this ... Lisa says Bubba once told another female employee who had just received dentures, "I bet your husband is going to like that."

And there's more ...  Lisa says Bubba once told a joke to the staff that described why men should have sex with women who had flat heads ... "because you can sit your beer on top of her head while she is giving you a b**w job."

And Lisa says Bubba is racist, using the N word a lot and making horrible racist jokes.

There's a lot more, including alleged violent behavior on Bubba's part and an incident where he allegedly kissed Lisa on the face and spit on her.

Lisa, who says she was forced to quit because of intolerable working conditions, is suing for unspecified damages.

We contacted Paula and Bubba's reps.  So far, no comment.

106 COMMENTS

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31.

BB not bb    

A guy from Georgia named Uncle Bubba who runs an oyster bar you have to wonder about. It is over the line to leave pornography on the kitchen computer where other people can see it. Paula should put a stop to that immediately. As for the off color comments, I guess some things you have to put up with legally but you don't have to admire them socially. I agree that Paula is kind of crude and vulgar herself, but not to this degree. She should put a pornography block on all of the work computers or she will get shut down for that if it is sick enough.


I wonder what the first guy did that was so bad. This guy is also pretty weird for kissing and then spitting on someone. I can't really picture how that could come up. Maybe he is a drunk or a lunatic or something.

871 days ago
32.

richard lowe    

Disgusting as you can get .Nobody i mean nobody deserves to be treated like that in a workplace .Sue them to no end .Oh how the mighty have fallen .Goodluck .Oh and when you win dont forget the stick of butter.

871 days ago
33.

Rex    

Wow - I'm a 53 year old woman, and I heard that flathead joke when I was in my 20's. Women can be such whiney babies. You don't like it - leave and go somewhere else.

871 days ago
34.

anon    

Paula Deen apparently has many issues. Perfect spokesperson for Walmart. Good match for their customers.

871 days ago
35.

Tina    

So many incidents. Makes you wonder if she is just throwing everything out there to see what sticks. Why wait so long to complain? Probably another person who thinks she will be set for life if she wins a lawsuit.

871 days ago
36.

niles    

More white trash with money. She made her bucks with food destined to choke the arteries of thousands, and Bubba also sounds like a great piece of work.

871 days ago
37.

ERP    

I don't believe her

871 days ago
38.

Canadasux    

P.D.'s restaurant may have been an intolerable place for the last G.M. to work. I'll give her that. But, NOBODY fired her nor forced her to leave, nor, apparently, even threatened this woman's job, in any way. She voluntarily left the job on her own. Case closed! She loses. Don't waste the court's time, lady.

871 days ago
39.

Nikkidiva    

Is it my imagination or is Paula (and the rest of the Deen clan) in your face everywhere you look...kind of like the Kardashians?

871 days ago
40.

Mike    

All hes doing is making jokes. Some are pretty funny too. This shows the pussification of america continues. Soon we won't be able to talk at all for fear of a lawsuit.

871 days ago
41.

Superman    

Yeah, I bet she didn't object to any of it until she decided to quit. How can it be harassment unless you tell the person that what they are doing is inappropriate? It's wrong for her to play along and then years later file a lawsuit.

871 days ago
42.

daverrr    

At my job we don't report Sexual Harassment, but we do grade it...C-, we all have told the gummed to death joke, but stealing cheech and chongs 3 foot tall woman with a flat head joke, now that is worth suing for.

871 days ago
43.

soulofanangel    

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Looks like PAULA DEEN and family were using BUTTER for "other purposes"?
------------------------------------------------------------Used to be PAULA DEEN in her less wealthy years was an ok watch...but in the last few years her potty mouth and touchin' and feelin' and grabbin' and insinuatin' has worn thin and is stomach wrenching- no longer a watch.
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PAULA DEEN is an old wealthy "lady" (and I use that word loosely). She should thank her lucky stars for what she has and step aside with her old potty mouth.
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Thinking of Southern Cooking and potty shouldn't be in the same thought.
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871 days ago
44.

jpm4444    

you can give arrogant white trash money but in the end it still makes them arrogant rich white trash.

871 days ago
45.

Nicee    

Anyone can sue anyone else any time...Gloria Allred is living proof of that.However winning is something else again!Too many attorneys..not enough work. Good luck getting a job grads!!!!!!!!

871 days ago
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