Many of the allegations concern things that ostensibly happened in the presence of third parties. It would be very risky to allege these things if the plaintiff and her attorney weren't convinced they'd be able to get supporting testimony from these witnesses.
Be that as it may, quitting earlier in the course of events wouldn't necessarily have stopped her from maintaining a lawsuit.
I think the lawsuit made it pretty clear when the breaking point was--when they agreed to a new employee handbook specifying proper behavior and accountability mechanisms, then shelved it and refused to implement it. The next incident when Bubba Hiers basically insinuated in front of several venders that Ms. Jackson had her job because she was sleeping with him, she quit.
The lawsuit also says Ms. Jackson didn't try to sue after she quit. Rather, she tried to find another job based on her successful job performance for Bubba Hiers. But Paula Deen and Bubba Hiers bad-mouthed her to every vender in the Savannah region, essentially blackballing Ms. Jackson from any future work. Ms. Jackson was forced to leave the city in order to work then.
And that's when she filed a lawsuit. If the black-balling hadn't happened (which apparently occurred because Ms. Jackson was witness to another incident that was potentially litigatable), it doesn't look like any lawsuit would have been filed.
I don't know in what universe an employer can spread rumors about an employee, barring them from any future employment, and not be subject to a lawsuit.
Hope Ms. Jackson wins big.
Hey, why even hold a trial, right? Feck the burden of proof and all that legal nonsense.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Plus, she quit at the height of the recession. Generally things have to be pretty bad to do that.
While people are focused on the racial allegations, what popped into my mind was the possibility of criminal liability for embezzlement and tax fraud. Ms. Jackson alleged Hiers regularly took money from the till prior to that money being recorded (up to $26,000/month). That would qualify as tax fraud at the very least, but also embezzlement since the operation was owned by Paula Deen.
Well, we shall see...
I always take these with a grain of salt. While the compliant sounds plausible, there are plenty of lawyers who will take cases knowing the the other side would come out cheaper and quicker by just settling. Litigation is so expensive, many people who are sued just throw in the towel, and some lawyers take advantage.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Well, yes, that's true, but Paula Deen is hardly in that sort of position. She has plenty of money.
I was also disturbed by the allegations about Dustin Walls--if everyone in the company was aware of his "monkeys" comment, they must have witnesses at the ready to verify it.
I'm going to jump to conclusions here and say I believe Ms. Jackson. Something tells me that "Uncle Bubba" actually IS that dispicable and our beloved Ms. Deen isn't that far behind him.
(Sorry, just felt like being mouthy and opinionated with no absolutely no facts whatsoever!)
Yea, I'm gonna say I believe Ms. Jackson as well.
I remember back when Paula was first becoming famous, there were a couple of articles about her that included people (former employees, former aquaintances etc.) talking about how the Paula that's on t.v and the Paula in real life are two very different people. At the time I thought it was just the usual talk that goes on when someone gets famous but it seemed that articles like that were popping up every year. Then I saw her show Paula's Party and the woman was crude bordering on disgusting at times -- I even thought she was drunk a few times. Then came the admission of an affair with a married man then the diabetes debacle and I have every reason to believe that Paula is a person of questionable character. Plus, the things that Bubba and Paula are being accused of saying just seem too..I don't know...they just don't seem like something this person is making up.
I hate to think it's true, but with all of the witnesses she cites it's hard not to believe it. I've stayed in bad jobs longer than I should have, hoping it would get better, not wanting to go through the hassle of trying to find a new one. But you do reach a breaking point eventually.
I stopped watching it because I got tired of them saying "we have no choice!" whenever they were about to do something dumb that would kill someone.
I know that any show that does anything with computers -- something I know something about -- gets it wrong most of the time. So I assume it's true of any other semi-technical profession that I don't know enough about to know for sure it's wrong.
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Yep. Any show that has a military theme usually cracks me up. Yet there are lots of people who believe "Army Wives" is an accurate portrayal.
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