2013 BookExpo

Is This True? Paula Deen Allegedly Paid Black Employees In Beer And Liquor

2013 BookExpo
Sean Levinson

Two days before Paula Deen will appear on the Today Show to convince Matt Lauer that she’s not a racist (when we all know she is), a black oyster cook who used to work at one of Deen’s restaurants has revealed that Deen used to force him to work private events without pay, instead giving him beer as his only compensation.

Sheldon J. Ervin worked at Bubba’s Oyster House for two years, starting in 2008. He told Radar that during this time, Deen made him and other black employees work private parties at her Savannah home and paid them with nothing but free beer.

“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink. It was insulting and unfair. I was like, ‘Pay me!’ She knew I had just gotten married. I had a baby on the way. I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it because half of the kitchen just needed their jobs. I was fired over it in the end because I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”

Deen also allegedly told Sheldon and his co-workers they’d be fired from their jobs at the restaurant if they didn’t work the parties. And according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, one black employee recalled a member of the Deen family once referring to him as “my little monkey.”

Sheldon even remembers one graduation party where all the black workers were told to wear white jackets and black pants, just like the “good old days” of Deen’s publicly declared fantasies.

What could Paul possibly say on Wednesday to get herself out of this one?

Via: Jezebel, Photo Credit: WENN

Sean Levinson

Sean Levinson

Staff Writer

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