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    F.S. Best Market workers want change

    November 8, 2018

November 8, 2018

F.S. Best Market workers want change

This story originally appeared in LIHerald.com October 31, 2018

By Ronny Reyes

Marian Meszaros said that she cannot forget what happened five years ago inside the Franklin Square Best Market grocery store on Dogwood Avenue. Meszaros, an employee in the meat department, remembered feeling unwell as employees approached their manager about a sudden illness afflicting them on the morning of May 30, 2013.

“Anyone who was in the store that morning started feeling nauseous and dizzy,” Meszaros recalled.

Meszaros was soon evacuated from the building by the Fire Department and taken to a hospital, where she and five other employees received treatment in a bariatric oxygen chamber to help treat carbon monoxide poisoning and troubled breathing. Meszaros described it as one of the worst days she had while working at Best Market, and it was the lack of a reaction from her employers that spurred Meszaros to start advocating for her and her coworkers’ safety.

Now, after five years of feeling ignored, Meszaros and deli department worker Angel Padro, 27, filed a formal Notice of Alleged Safety or Health Hazards complaint against Best Market to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Oct. 17.

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