Then there’s the case of Dora Charles, Deen’s (former) longtime friend and chef of The Lady and Sons of 22 years. Charles, who is black, “spent years making less than $10 an hour, even after Ms. Deen became a Food Network Star,” accordingto the New York Times.
Charles says that Dean told her, “Stick with me, Dora, and I promise you one day if I get rich you’ll get rich.” Deen’s camp said that Charles was angry over pay and that Deen had been generous enough during her tenure. Around 2010, Jackson told her that she was being paid less than others, and so Charles filed a complaint with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
During that same time, Jamie upped her pay to $71,000 a year and was given a promotion. It appears that Charles no longer works with The Lady and Sons.
“I still have to be her friend if I’m God’s child,” Charles told the New York Times. “I might feed her with a long-handled spoon, but, yeah, I’m still her friend.”
That is to say, the two are definitely no longer friends.