Paula Deen’s current and former employees have reached out to Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s attorney Robert Patillo in reference to being discriminated against in the work place.
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“My Little Monkey” was a pet name for one employee who worked for Paula Deen. Employees from the past and present are coming forward about being discriminated against because of their color.
Paula Deen acknowledged her use of the N WORD and now she has lost her lucrative contract with the Food Network and her pristine crown of being the country’s favorite butter slanging mama.
The homie, Robert Patillo and attorney for Rainbow/PUSH, 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 EEOC said Deen’s brother told him
“you don’t have any civil rights here,”
“It has “found evidence of systemic racial discrimination 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.
In an interview with The AJC, Patillo said Deen’s use of a racial slur isn’t the problem. He says,
“It’s a free country. We have freedom of speech, and you can say what you want. Our issue is whether that mindset has filtered into employment decisions. There are strong indications that Deen’s operation mistreats and limits opportunities for black employees.“What we’ve found is that there has been disparate treatment. What we’d like is to have her remedy the situation. Those remedies, should include giving blacks a fair chance for employment and promotion, sensitivity training and providing an avenue of recourse for those who have been mistreated.”
WOW! That is something SERIOUS!
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