SAVANNAH, Ga. — The former general manager of a restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen claims the celebrity chef and her brother created a hostile work environment that included sexual innuendo, physical intimidation and racial slurs.
Lisa Jackson says in a lawsuit filed Monday she had panic attacks because of the environment at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. The restaurant in Savannah is owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.
Jackson says Hiers routinely watched pornography and that he once violently shook a black employee.
She says the restaurant required black workers to enter through a back door and barred them from using a restroom that white workers used.
A Deen spokesman declined to comment on pending legal matters. Hiers didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment.