The former general manager of a Savannah, Ga., restaurant co-owned by Paula Deen claimed in a lawsuit filed Monday she was sexually harassed and subjected to a hostile work environment rife with sexual innuendo, physical intimidation and racial slurs, The Associated Press reports.
Lisa Jackson said in the lawsuit, filed in Chatham County Superior Court, her physician encouraged her to quit working at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House because she suffered from panic attacks and other stress from working there.
The restaurant is owned by Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers.
Jackson said in the lawsuit that Hiers routinely made inappropriate sexual and racial remarks and that she heard both Hiers and Deen use racial slurs.
She also said in the lawsuit she saw Hiers violently shake a black employee and that he fostered an environment of intimidation.
A spokesman for Deen declined to comment on the pending litigation, and Hiers didn't immediately return calls seeking comment.