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Originally posted by spacedoubt
Paula Deen Fired from Food Network.
Originally posted by LeatherNLace
reply to post by JohnPhoenix
Misleading thread title. Paula dean is not being sued for using the N-word.
From the actual text of the lawsuit:
Defendants have violated Ms. Jackson's rights under Georgia law to be free of sexual harassment in the workplace, to be free from assault, to be free from battery and to be free from the intentional and negligent inﬂiction of emotional distress, and other rights as set forth in more detail below.
Ms. Jackson was subjected to violent behavior by Bubba Hiers, violent behavior that included sexual harassment of Ms. Jackson and other female employees and assault and battery of Ms. Jackson. Mr. Hiers‘ violent behavior also included racial harassment, assault, battery and other humiliating conduct practiced upon the employees managed by Ms. Jackson. The conduct described herein is no mere offensive utterance; the conduct was threatening, even physically threatening, and universally humiliating. The staff of Uncle Bubba‘s Seafood and Oyster House, Inc. (“Uncle Bubba's restaurant") lived in fear of Bubba Hiers.
It also appears that Ms. Jackson made attempts to remedy the situation within the company, but got no resolution from her efforts:
For over ﬁve (5) years, Ms. Jackson made numerous and frequent complaints of racial and sexual harassment and abusive treatment to the highest levels of corporate management and ownership, including: Defendants Paula Deen and Bubba Hiers; Paula Deen Enterprises Chief Operation Officer (CO0) and Director of Operations Theresa Fueger; the Certiﬁed Public Accountant (CPA) for the Paula Deen Family of Companies, Karl Schumacher; and to the attorney for Defendants, James P. Gerard. The conduct was universally known and tolerated within the ownership and management levels of the corporate enterprise, and by corporate
counsel and no remedy was offered.
OP, if you want to have an honest discussion about the lawsuit, then be honest in your presentation of the facts.
Originally posted by supremecommander
Originally posted by whyamIhere
I think if Ms. Jackson does not like the N-word.
Then she should not use it...
How do you know she uses it? Because she's black?
That's pretty stupid on your part...and um, you know.
Paula Deen uses the N-Word - gets sued - right or worng?
Originally posted by AshleyD
I'm not a lawyer so am not sure on all the legalities but I do know there is such a thing as 'creating a hostile work environment.' Using the word itself would be covered under freedom of speech (but you can still sue for anything).
However, if it can be proven her behavior was 'creating a hostile work environment,' then there is a chance she could be held liable.
Even if she is found to not be liable, it's not exactly good business sense to be throwing the word around.
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
Moreover, if she wins there is every likelihood that she would be able to retain her position as manager if she wished.