Paula Deen’s cook of 22-years opened up about her longtime employer, claiming that the celebrity chef did not properly reward her for her hard work.
“It’s just time that everybody knows that Paula Deen don’t treat me the way they think she treat me,” Dora Charles told the New York Times in an interview.
Dora claimed that when Deen first started with the Food Network, she was making $6.50 an hour at Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah. “She said, ‘Stick with me.’ One day if I get rich, you get rich.’ ” But it “just passed me by,” Charles said.
The 59-year-old also claimed that the former Food Network host tried to make her ring a dinner bell for restaurant customers. “That’s a symbol to me of what we used to do back in the day,” Charles shared. According to Charles, Deen also made another employee dress in an old-style Aunt Jemima outfit.
“I’m not trying to portray that she is a bad person … I’m just trying to put my story out there that she didn’t treat me fairly and I was her soul sister,” Charles admitted.
Paula’s camp fired back claiming that Dora’s complaint was not about race, but the money. “It is about an employee that despite over 20 years of generosity feels that she still deserves yet even more financial support from Paula Deen,” Paula’s camp wrote in a statement.