Paula Deen, Brother Sued for Sex Harassment

Former restaurant manager says Bubba Hiers made job intolerable
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2012 3:35 PM CST
Paula Deen promotes 'Paula's Southern Cooking Bible' at Bookends Bookstore on October 12, 2011 in Ridgewood, NJ.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – One might not associate Paula Deen with skeletons, but they appear to be tumbling out of her closet of late: Not only has the folksy, butter-slinging chef had to go public with her type 2 diabetes, but now she and her brother are facing a sexual harassment lawsuit, reports TMZ. Deen and aforementioned brother, Bubba Hiers, are being sued by Lisa Jackson, a former GM of the siblings' joint restaurant venture, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. Jackson claims Hiers cluttered the workplace with "inescapable pornography." Among other highlights from the suit:

  • Jackson says Hiers told her to bring pictures of herself to work, adding, "You have nice legs."
  • Hiers allegedly joked that guys should date women with flat heads, "because you can sit your beer on top of her head while she is giving you a blow job."
  • Hiers called two employees "fat girls" who shouldn't be wearing skirts or capris; Jackson claims he also frequently dropped the N-word, was violent, kissed her, and spit in her face.
  • A side note: Jackson was hired after Deen fired a philandering GM from the restaurant, allegedly telling him, "If you think I have worked this hard to lose everything because of a piece of p**sy, you better think again."
No comment from the Deen/Hiers camp. (Read more Paula Deen stories.)

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