“Want to hear a funny joke”
A year ago, I posted on problems at Paula Deen’s restaurants. One of her former managers brought a lawsuit raising allegations of racial discrimination, racially insensitive language, and sexual harassment. Immediately after the allegations came to the surface, Deen’s attorneys denied any wrongdoing. Soon thereafter, Deen’s popularity continued. Going through supermarkets you see her on the cover of magazines. Personally, I do not watch cooking shows, but I suppose she has continued to make television appearances.
Now, nearly a year later recent reports suggests that there is merit to the former manager’s claims. The manager’s attorneys have taken the deposition of Ms. Deen and in the course of the deposition, she has made shocking admissions. She indicated that she was aware that her brother, a business partner, is into porn, her brother has problems with alcohol, and he uses cocaine. This is not a very good combination if you are a business owner.
Ms. Deen also admitted to using the “N Word,” by responding “yes of course.” I suppose she was suggesting that everyone talks that way. No Paula, we don’t. She testified that she tells black jokes, Jewish jokes, and redneck jokes, then added that she cannot determine what offends another person.
In writing this, I am certainly not advocating ultra sensitivity, but she has to be more intelligent than this if she wants to continue to run a business. Many corporations will devote an entire day annually training their supervisors and managers on discrimination and harassment. Unfortunately, Ms. Deen has failed to read the memo.
Given these facts, (and these are now facts, not mere allegations) I wonder how her attorneys were unable to persuade her to reach a settlement with the former manager.
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