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Paula Deen's Cook Says She Was Not Properly Paid

9:30 PM, Jul 25, 2013   |    comments
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Paula Deen's longtime cook, Dora Charles, is speaking out against her longtime employer Paula Deen.

Despite Deen calling them "soul sisters," Charles, 59, says Deen, 66, didn't properly reward her for her hard work.

"She said, 'Stick with me.' One day if I get rich, you get rich.' " But it "just passed me by."

Charles says she was making $6.50 an hour as the cook at Deen's Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah when the celeb chef started her Food Network show.

Deen's admission of use of the n-word has caused her empire to crumble, as she faces a legal battle charging she and her brother Bubba ran a hostile work environment that included sexual harassment and racism.

Deen's camp tells the New YorkTimes that Charles is an "employee, who despite over 20 years of generosity still feels she deserves even more financial support from Paula Deen."

According to the story, Charles did receive perks including free clothes and goods at times, and appeared on Deen's show, but Charles says in an accompanying NYTvideo, "I told her at times I didn't have enough money to buy my own medication." She adds that Deen threw a $100 bill at her.

When asked if she thinks Deen is racist, Charles, who is black, pauses and says, "I do. I do."

And if Charles had ever heard Deen use the n-word, the cook says, "I've heard her use the n-word. She says, I'll tell ya'll n--s. That's what's wrong with y'all n--s today."

Charles is coming forward now because, "I didn't get what I deserve." She explains that her co-workers think she lives in a mansion, but, she says, "It's just time that everybody knows that Paula Deen don't treat me the way they think she treat me."

At the time of the interview, Charles was still working for Deen at Lady & Sons, but the two don't speak anymore, reports the Times.

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