MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CN) – Cadbury Adams gave a trainee taste-tester a new product to taste that gave her multiple pustules on her tongue and mouth, and when a fellow trainee reported the same condition, their boss said, “Oh no, mass hysteria,” Maureen Zuccarini claims in Morris County Court. Three tastes say Cadbury ordered then back to work before they were cleared by a dentist, and gave them other products that complicated their conditions.
Zuccarini also sued Spherion Atlantic Enterprises, which hired her for Cadbury Adams. Two other tasters, Donna Magliaro and Stefanie Bonfiglio, have filed separate, similar complaints.
The trainees claim their boss at Cadbury ordered them to return to work though “each had active chemical burns from the prior testing,” and had not been cleared for work by their dentist. “Cadbury then sent each of the injured trainees to a new dentist,” Zuccarini’s complaint states. After being reinjured by the new products, Zuccarini says, she was branded a “trouble maker” and constructively fired.
Bonfiglio says she too was fired for complaining of the injuries. Magliaro says she was fired for refusing to taste a new product without seeing a list of ingredients.
All three women are represented by Robyne LaGrotta with Casha & Casha of Montville, N.J.