Paula Deen's Lawyer Fights Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Sheila Marikar
ABC News Blogs

The lawyer for Paula Deen is refuting a lawsuit filed by Lisa T. Jackson, who worked at the celebrity chef's restaurant and claims that she was subjected to sexual harassment, assault, battery, and emotional distress.

On Monday, Greg Hodges, a partner at the Oliver Maner law firm in Savannah, Ga., told the  Daily Report that Jackson's claims against Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which is owned by Deen and Deen's brother, Earl Hiers, are "false."

"From this point forward we're not commenting," he told this morning. "We don't comment on pending litigation except to the extent that I've already commented. We will file our defense proceedings this week and we will file some motions."

In her lawsuit, Jackson, a former general manager of Uncle Bubba's, claims Hiers viewed Internet pornography at the restaurant, drank on the job, made sexually charged comments to her and other staff members, and kissed and spat at her.

Jackson, who is white, further alleges that Hiers frequently made racist comments and used the N-word. Hodges told the Daily Report that his team previously "investigated those claims and attempted unsuccessfully to address those claims with her."

Jackson is seeking unspecified damages.