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Paula Deen & Brother

Sued for Sexual Harassment

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

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.


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She only included Paula because she wanted the press. There isn't a single allegation in there against her.

969 days ago


I can believe every word of it...we went on a Paula Deen
Cruise...she brought her whole extended family...her mouth was filthy and so was Bubba's....her whole family looked trashy...I don't think she took a bath the whole week. The only ones of the bunch that seemed decent were her sons' and Brooke...In fact, Brookes family came along...Brooke only showed her face in the same room with Paula one could tell she was embarrased..Both me and my husband were soooo disappointed in her...I played Black Jack at the same table as Michael and Bubba...during conversation, Michael made the statement to me, that they had to make as much as they could while the getting was good....and that Paula, "lucked" into her career...when my husband and I left the ship...we both wondered how long she would last....and as far as the GM that worked for 5 years....without leaving...If you have ever been down to Savannah and surrounding areas you will know why....there aren't that many jobs around...if you aren't one of the "elite", then you have no choice but to work where the money is...and the DEEN name brings in money.....the waitresses all got good tips..they couldn't afford to leave once you were hired!

967 days ago

Janice Burns    

Hello Paula and Bubba, I hope it all work's out and things are not what they always seem as people put it. You are looking great Paula and Bubba stay away from women that cause you problems. Ya'll are good people best of happiness you to both. Janice

796 days ago

Janice Burns    

Hello Paula and Bubba, I hope it all work's out and things are not what they always seem as people put it. You are looking great Paula and Bubba stay away from women that cause you problems. Ya'll are good people best of happiness you to both. Janice

796 days ago

U.S. Anti-Drug Think Tank     

Paula be sued for being a phony, and Bubba for being a wimp. How much of loser does you gots to be, to care about these morons?

606 days ago


Lol this sounds quite far fetched. She's just pressed bc she lost her job. This is a revenge thing

606 days ago


I have always known Paula Deen was a little off. FInally someone is speaking out. Well Lisa stayed as GM for 5 years because she could not find a job so she put up with it. Do you think there are jobs down south? Also she probably thought Paula was better than that. You know it does take lots of evidence to prove sexual harassment and I am so glad she stayed that long to finally tell the truth go Lisa and I hope Paul and Bubba pays their ass out. This is 2013 and let me tell you racism exist everywhere not just the south. White people still think they can punk all races but hey the world know and is so sick of white people probably the reason why the Boston Bombing happened. You know what I mean. Get with the program whites soon you will be out numbered.

497 days ago


To those screaming why did she wait so long? Why did she work there for 5 years? I dont know myself but I can imagine that having a job that pays the bills, put food on the table and feed the kids is reason enough to stay on even when she was not necessarily happy. Many people put up with crappy conditions and terrible managment to do the same, hoping that if they ignore it, it will somehow get better. As for paula deen, i dont feel any sympathy. karma is a bitch that must be respected. she has made tons of money at her age peddling sticks of butter and whatever else, she can go enjoy the good life and she certainly better off than the average american, why should i lose sleep over what has happened to her. From the reports saying that she targeted jews and blacks, then she could not have been so nice to be around in the first place. She has insulted one too many people and now she is finally getting the sticks thrown at her. to want a plantation style wedding filled with "little n*gas" but cant because of bad publicity says plenty about the real Paula Deen. I really don't care about whether she is ninety or nine, this is not an excuse for racism. I remember when visiting Vienna for the first time the warmest and friendliest persons were elderly white folks, racism has nothing to do with age it is just a twisted mindset of some people thinking they are better based on the colour of their skin and thinking that others are less based on that difference.

492 days ago
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