March 07, 2012 08:05 AM by Shayla Perry
The Food Network‘s Paula Deen is fighting back after a lawsuit filed by former employee, Lisa Jackson, named the Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC) star, claiming that she and her brother, Bubba Hiers, subjected Jackson and other employees at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House to sexual harassment and racist comments over the course of five years. What does Deen’s legal team have to say about Jackson’s allegations?
The office of Paula Deen’s attorney, Oliver Manner, LLP, issued the following statement in response to the allegations of sexual harassment and racism made in Lisa Jackson’s lawsuit:
“Ms. Jackson did work for Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, and she did some work for Paula Deen Enterprises, LLC. She now claims that she was mistreated during her employment. We investigated those claims and attempted unsuccessfully to address those claims with her. She has made baseless, inflammatory allegations, threatening to go to the press and ruin Paula Deen’s reputation and the reputation of her businesses unless we paid her a large sum of money. We refused to bow to that kind of pressure and refused to pay money to address false claims. Ms. Jackson’s complaint makes false allegations against Paula Deen and they will be proven false in court. We have filed our defensive pleadings with the court denying Ms. Jackson’s claims and those pleadings are a matter of public record. We will hold Ms. Jackson and her lawyer accountable for these false allegations. We look forward to our day in court and have nothing further to say.”
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