Black Cook Working for Paula Deen Tells Rainbow/PUSH About Being Called “My Little Monkey”

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Black Employee Working for Paula Deen Tells Rainbush Push About Being Called “My Little Monkey” (Photo credit: Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway)

More trouble for Paula Deen as Robert Patillo, an attorney for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, said current and former Paula Deen employee told him that Deen and her brother, Earl ‘Bubba’ Hiers, discriminated against black employees, one of whom was consistently referred to as “my little monkey.”

Robert Patillo, an attorney for Rainbow/PUSH, a civil rights group founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Jr., said one current and two former employees told him white employees are routinely paid more than black employees and are promoted more quickly. A black man who had threatened to go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said Deen’s brother told him “you don’t have any civil rights here,” Rainbow/PUSH said in a press release.

Rainbow/PUSH said it has “found evidence of systemic racial discimination and harassment” by Deen and that “a family member consistently referred to a black cook as ‘my little monkey.’” Patillo, who conducted interviews in Savannah where Deen’s restaurant is located, said current and former employees told him that Deen “preferred white and light-skinned blacks to work with customers” and that darker-skinned blacks were relegated to “back-of-the-house operations.”

Patillo said employees have been reluctant to talk to him about their experience with Deen because they fear retaliation. Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

If Paula Deen or her brother referred to a black employee as “my little monkey” all those people who are giving her a second chance ought to revisit that and read the lawsuit. This scandal continues to grow and it won’t end pretty for Paula Deen.

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  • Waddabtch

    I wonder if this is true…not a fan of hearsay. Of course, blacks will be knee-jerked and jump on this racist bandwagon. This did make me feel good about being LSA.