posted on Jun, 21 2013 @ 03:31 PM
Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Georgia, restaurant run by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.is suing the siblings for 1.2 million
Why? Jackson claims
Jackson alleges in the suit that Deen used the N-word at the restaurant and that Hiers sexually harassed her.
Deen is also accused of planning a slavery based themed wedding.
According to the reports, in the deposition, Deen replied “Yes, of course,” when asked if she used the N-word.
Deen also reportedly admitted telling racist jokes, explaining: “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes…most jokes are about Jewish people,
rednecks, black folks…I can’t determine what offends another person.”
Jackson said also Deen wanted African-American employees to act like slaves for a big wedding she was planning. Deen explained she got the idea from a
restaurant where "the whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie," the
National Enquirer reports. The magazine also quoted Deen as saying: “I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in
America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were
Her brother Bubba also admitted to referring to President Obama with the N-word, the report claims.
I don't think Jackson has a case against Deen, but only possibly a case against Bubba Hiers for sexual harassment.
It's Deens business. Jackson agreed to work there. If Jackson didn't like it, she could have left But.. apparently she worked there long enough to
become Manager, so To me it seems she had to have been working there for a while. To me this is nothing more than a money grab by Jackson. ( except
for possibly the sexual harassment)
Deen did Nothing wrong IMO. In my own place of business I can use the N-word all I want. That's legal. If the people didn't like the joke telling or
the slavery themed wedding they did not have to take part, and could have simply quit.
Note, she did not use the N-word in public in a derogatory manner. She did not force anyone to take place in the themed wedding - perhaps she said to
them, " well if you don't do your job then I'll fire you" - but I do not know if this is the case. Even if she did state something like that, the
people could have simply quit - no one is alleging she forced anyone to do anything.
I applaud Deen for her standing up for her freedom of speech and her right to run her business the way she's sees fit.
Why do I take this stance? I'm sick of Political Correctness that is killing this country. I'm sick of people using minorities as weapons against
free speech. On Deen's part, there was no harm via her actions that hurt anyone - if her actions had caused harm - that would be a different matter
entirely. In that case I believe she should have to pay restitution.