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Ex-receptionist, 39, sues New Jersey dental office, says staff are partying too hard

Receptionist, 39, sues dentist after her boss ‘forced her to drink hard liquor and eat jar of brownies – and threw a book at her when she complained’

  • Nadia Zevallos claims supervisor Lilly Almeida started harassing her after whistling about the practices taking place at the American Dental Center
  • Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink spirits from dental cups and eat jar of brownies and other cannabis edibles while working
  • She brought her grievances to office manager Cathleen Peters, but Almeida retaliated by yelling at the woman and throwing a book at her
  • Almeida was able to get away with the behavior because she had a ‘flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac’
  • While Paltac reportedly told Zevallos that they hadn’t fired people, he reportedly told her “we just have to make sure your life is miserable so you leave alone.”
  • Zevallos quit that day
  • She claims the staff called her phone and made a series of threats against her

Nadia Zevallos claims that supervisor Lilly Almeida then started harassing her after whistling about the practices taking place at the American Dental Center in Union

Nadia Zevallos claims that supervisor Lilly Almeida then started harassing her after whistling about the practices taking place at the American Dental Center in Union

A former receptionist is suing the dental practice in New Jersey, where she worked, claiming her boss fostered a culture built on alcohol and drug use.

Nadia Zevallos claims that supervisor Lilly Almeida subsequently started harassing her after whistling at the practice of the American Dental Center in Union, according to a lawsuit brought by Union County on Thursday.

Almeida’s alleged behavior toward Zevallos motivated the 39-year-old woman from Belleville, New Jersey, to stop working in the office.

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink hard liquor from dental cups and eat jar of brownies and other cannabis edibles while working, court documents obtained by the New York Post claim.

Almeida is said to have pushed the edibles and drinks to other workers, including a dental assistant at the facility that regularly treated patients.

When Zevallos was offered the drugs and drink, she declined, the lawsuit says.

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink spirits from dental cups and eat jar of brownies and other cannabis edibles while working

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink spirits from dental cups and eat jar of brownies and other cannabis edibles while working

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink spirits from dental cups and eat jar of brownies and other cannabis edibles while working

Zevallos claims that her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she had a “ flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac.

She brought her grievances to office manager Cathleen Peters, but Almeida retaliated by yelling at the woman and throwing a book at her, the suit claims.

Zevallos says that Almeida then slapped the booklet on Zevallos’s desk and shook her chair violently before assigning her additional work.

The woman also claims that Almeida assigned her services that she knew Zevallos would struggle with.

At a meeting with Paltac and Peters on Feb. 3, the dentist reportedly said, “There may be an empty bottle of whiskey in my trash can, but if there’s no video of me drinking it, no one can prove the whiskey bottle is mine. ‘

Zevallos claims her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she had a `` flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac (photo)

Zevallos claims her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she had a `` flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac (photo)

Zevallos claims her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she had a “ flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac (photo)

And while Paltac reportedly told Zevallos that they hadn’t fired people, he reportedly told her “we just have to make sure your life is miserable, so you leave alone.”

Zevallos quit that day.

A few days later, Zevallos claims she got a call from another employee telling her that “everyone in the office is mad at you.” She claims the same employee told her that another employee will “find you and kick you a * s!” share the judicial documents.

The lawsuit called the office similar to “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

“Instead of applauding our customer for reporting this illegal behavior, the company forced her out of her role,” said lawyer Peter Valenzano of Zevallos.

“We stand shoulder to shoulder with our client in exposing the dangerous and illegal behavior at Garden State Dental.”

The lawsuit also names Garden State Dental Management, the parent company of the dental practice, as a defendant in the lawsuit.

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