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NY Times Paula Deen Article....

Interesting article on line in the NY Times today. A former cook who worked for Paula Deen some 20+ years has much to say... while saying very little.

www.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/us/paula-d...

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  1. Very interesting. Just have to wonder if the $71K a year she eventually got after her EEOC lawsuit was "hush money". If you were making $10/hour most of your life and all of a sudden received $71K a year, I think most people would hush up about any future discriminatory allegations.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      it's sad, to think this women could work for 20+ years making $10 an hour while others around her made more simply because of the color of their skin. Apparently she received some free clothes and some paid cruises... but if she were paid higher wages, she would be able to purchase those things herself without depending on the largess of a "generous" benefactor.

      1. re: Pookipichu

        She had to use her vacation time to go on those cruises as well.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          while she continued to work on the cruise. ridiculous. that to me put another nail in the coffin.

        2. re: Pookipichu

          just to be clear: there's no indication that this happened "just because of the color of her skin". some employers are going to be *ssholes regardless of race.

      2. And a house instead of an old single wide. Surely wouldn't have broken the bank. Give the woman some dignity and a home to be proud of. Those old single wide trailers are nothing but hot boxes. If you loved her so much Paula, put some of your Empire $$ where your mouth is. And it still isn't too late to make it better for her.

        1. I think 10.00 an hour for no education and cooking is pretty good and it seems to me the family stepped up to help her out....but I am shocked at the people that think it is a given that if you get rich if they get rich. My parents are wealthy but that doesn't make me.

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          1. re: LaLa

            If you read the article, it was the inherent promise "If I make it, we'll both make it together". If your parents didn't make that promise then you are in a different situation. Promises like the one Deen allegedly made, make someone feel like they have something to gain and that person will do things perhaps they wouldn't normally do and make sacrifices for the promised reward. When you put in your life's effort and your payout is a free cruise and some clothes while your supposed friend lives in a palatial mansion, there's some justifiable bitterness.

            1. re: LaLa

              I know two college-educated women that work full time and make $12 an hour. $71,000 a year for a 9th grade education is looking pretty good.

              1. re: Firegoat

                But the 71,000 raise and promotion only came after filling a claim with EEOC.

                1. re: Firegoat

                  And I know college-educated women who make hundreds an hour. You don't need to have a master's degree or doctorate to be an amazing cook. Apparently her cooking was good enough that she was hired on the spot and Paula was willing to bet the house on her. There are questions of fairness and income inequality that are not addressed simply by some college-educated people barely making a living wage. There is always someone worse off, that doesn't make an unfair situation less unfair.

              2. A. $10 an hour is pretty decent money in Savannah. Unless you work for Gulfstream, the Port Authority or some other factory type job, you either make about minimum wage or are in the military.
                B. the majority of people in OUR area live in very old dilapidated houses, are not from here and have multimillion dollar homes, or live in trailers.

                They forgot to mention in that article the cost/standard of living in Savannah. I also want to know why she didn't have a an issue with these things when they were happening, and when she was receiving gifts and employment opportunities for family and friends? Because she's jumping on the band wagon.

                What's really frustrating is that there are 2 major basis, one in Savannah and one less than 30 minutes from Savannah that no one is talking about. On July 23rd we had 3 soldiers be K.I.A yet we're talking about what someone said that hurt some feelings instead of other things that deserve more focus?

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                1. re: deputygeorgie

                  No, $10 an hour isn't really good pay! Especially for a senior employee.

                  1. re: karenfinan

                    As a cook with a 9th grade education in this area, yes it is. Please call The Pink House, the Pirate House and similar establishments. That'll be the top end.

                    1. re: deputygeorgie

                      Perhaps bc Paula was cooking those same recipes for millions of dollars the woman should've been compensated a little? Those were the inspiration for what Paula did on tv and in cookbooks. Anyone with a conscience would have felt bad for the person they stole recipes from and rewarded them with something. Unless I'm wrong here ?

                      1. re: fara

                        Are they Paula's recipes or someone else's? My point is that she was being paid the industry standard, plus personal favors. She did not have a problem with her treatment/pay until other things were brought to light.

                        1. re: deputygeorgie

                          They were partly recipes from this woman as I understand it.

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