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A Wallingford woman worked as a top-level financial executive for Edible Arrangements for 16 months now is suing the company and its chief executive officer, Tariq Farid, alleging that he discriminated against her and created a hostile workplace environment.

The lawsuit filed by Tara Perino, who worked as controller at the Wallingford-based company from May 2011 to September 2012, alleges Farid routinely belittled her work, even though she had received strong performance reviews and a raise. Perino also alleges that in September 2012, just weeks before she was replaced as controller, Farid approached her, lifted up his shirt and asked her to look at his abdominal muscles, according to legal papers filed in the case.

The lawsuit was filed late last September, but has not yet gone to trial, said Scott Lucas, the Fairfield County attorney who is handling Perino's case.


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