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Jon Cartu Announced: Ex-receptionist, 39, sues New Jersey dentist office, says

Nadia Zevallos claims supervisor Lilly Almeida then began harassing her after she blew the whistle on the practices taking place at the American Dental Center in Union

Jon Cartu Announced: Ex-receptionist, 39, sues New Jersey dentist office, says

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

  • Nadia Zevallos claims supervisor Lilly Almeida began harassing her after she blew the whistle on the practices taking place at the American Dental Center 
  • Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink hard liquor out of dental cups and would eat pot brownies and other cannabis edibles while on the job 
  • She took her grievances to office manager Cathleen Peters but Almeida retaliated by screaming at the woman and throwing a booklet at her 
  • Almeida was able to get away with the behavior because she was having a ‘flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac’ 
  • While Paltac allegedly told Zevallos that they didn’t fire people, he did reportedly tell her ‘we just make sure your life is miserable so you leave on your own’
  • Zevallos quit that day
  • She claims staff called her phone and made a series of threats to her 

Nadia Zevallos claims supervisor Lilly Almeida then began harassing her after she blew the whistle on the practices taking place at the American Dental Center in Union

A former receptionist is suing the New Jersey dental office where she worked, claiming her boss fostered a culture built on drinking alcohol and taking drugs.

Nadia Zevallos claims supervisor Lilly Almeida then began harassing her after she blew the whistle on the practices taking place at the American Dental Center in Union, according to a Union County lawsuit filed Thursday. 

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

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink hard liquor out of dental cups and would eat pot brownies and other cannabis edibles while on the job, court documents obtained by the New York Post allege. 

Almeida is said to have pushed the edibles and drinks onto other employees, including a dental assistant at the facility who handled patients on a regular basis. 

When Zevallos was offered the drugs and drink, she refused, the lawsuit states.  

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink hard liquor out of dental cups and would eat pot brownies and other cannabis edibles while on the job

Zevallos claimed that Almeida would drink hard liquor out of dental cups and would eat pot brownies and other cannabis edibles while on the job

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

She took her grievances to office manager Cathleen Peters but Almeida retaliated by screaming at the woman and throwing an accounting booklet at her, the suit claims. 

Zevallos says that Almeida then slammed the booklet on Zevallos’ desk, violently shaking her chair before assigning her extra work. 

The woman also claims that Almeida assigned her shifts she knew Zevallos would struggle to make. 

When meeting with Paltac and Peters on Febuary 3, the dentist allegedly said: ‘There can be an empty bottle of whiskey in my garbage can, but if there is no video of me drinking it, no one can prove that the whiskey bottle is mine.’  

Zevallos claims that her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she was having a 'flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac (pictured)

Zevallos claims that her supervisor was able to get away with the unprofessional behavior because she was having a ‘flirtatious and possibly romantic relationship with dentist David Paltac (pictured)

And while Paltac allegedly told Zevallos that they didn’t fire people, he did reportedly tell her ‘we just make sure your life is miserable so you leave on your own.’ 

Zevallos quit that day. 

A few days later, Zevallos claims she received a call from another employee who told her ‘everyone in the office is upset at you.’ She claims the same employee told her that another employee will ‘find you and kick your a*s!’ the court papers share. 

The lawsuit referred to the office as being similar to the ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’ 

‘Instead of applauding our client for reporting this unlawful behavior, the company forced her from her role,’ Zevallos’ lawyer Peter Valenzano said. 

‘We stand shoulder to shoulder with our client in exposing the dangerous and unlawful behavior at Garden State Dental.’

The suit names Garden State Dental Management, the parent company for the dental office, as a defendant in the suit as well. 

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