Neal Dias
My Thoughts – By Neal W. Dias

N.Y. gunman described as quiet, friendly neighbor

On Friday morning a 58 year old man in New York by the name of Jeffrey Johnson, returned to his place of business that he was fired from just one year ago, and killed a 41-year-old Steve Ercolino, a former Hazan colleague.

I listed through that day and into Sunday morning August 26th and very few still don’t have a clue.

It is normal and right for us all to feel for the victim and the bystanders that were hurt and killed in the cross fire. My heart and prayers go out to them. But it is time we get to the answers of why this happened? It is the only way we can help, stop this from happening.

Usually those hidden answers get crowed up by the gun and non-gun controllers. It gets twisted in the overwhelming media blitzes and people making all kind of assumptions and guesses.

All too often we listed and not hear, but it is not the voices we need to hear to receive the answers we need to seek – for this puzzled situation. The answers to why this happened were right in the minutes following the murder at the Empire State Building on Friday morning on August 24, 2012.

Every paper, every radio and news station was claiming that Mr. Johnson Returned to his former employment after a year of getting let go. They stated that he was let go from his position a year ago. Just like me and many others, the companies try to cover up their malicious ways of getting rid of a targeted employee in what they call a “RIF – Reduction in Force.”

Mr. Johnson returned one year later because there was a great possibility that his life fell apart in so many ways. He got seriously depresses, and he had nothing to live for. As he sat there in his home / apartment he consistently found himself thinking of the person that help to manifest this failure in his life.

When I heard he returned one year later, I knew how he felt and what he was thinking. I knew in my mind that this man was some how involved in some type of bulling at work, and was targeted, then let go. I felt a strong possibility that Mr. Steve Ercolino and Mr. Johnson had some bad blood at the employment and this was one or many years of the build up animosity, and Mr. Johnson just could not take it anymore. I do not know what he was going through financially but when you are in a financial hardship, and you know it was caused by others as you were a targeted person, let go for unjust reasons, it’s very hard to accept you and your family’s lives crumbling around you and not want to act out. I can understand his emotional thought process, but I will never accept violence as the answer. I have been there, but decided to out reach to help others in Mr. Johnson and my situation not to result to any form of Violence.

Workplace Bulling, will continue to destroy lives each day, in more ways than anyone wants to admit it. What Mr. Johnson did, hundreds to possibly thousands “THINK” of doing to their Bullying Managers / Co-Workers each day. Few actually act out as they come to reason, or they feel it’s not worth it. But the ones that have nothing to loose as they have nothing, these targeted victims of workplace bullying will act out.

I know, because I have lived in Mr. Johnsons shoes. I am so sorry for Mr. Jeffry Johnson and Mr. Steve Ercolino, as they were having issues at work, reporting them and “NOTHING” was done about it. Both families are destroyed because of NEGLECT.

I worked at Verizon and companies like Verizon often Neglect to stop their perpetrators’ from acting out in a malicious manner with intent to harm and or destroy lives.

Just like at Verizon, there are many ongoing criminal acts, workplace bullying, racism, sexual harassment, a manifested hostile work environments and so many other immoral and unethical issues that go on, reported and ignored. Verizon’s EEOC has reported that they receive over 104,000 complaints a year, that’s not including so many other unreported issues that Verizon employees are afraid to report due to retaliation. Verizon is no different than other companies as well, and this cannot go on any longer. How many more people have to get killed at work, how many more good employees have to have emotional breakdowns, how many more people have to kill themselves and how many more lives have to be destroyed before we say: “Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying?”

On Friday August 24, 2012 I felt compelled to add a comment on an article that was posted in Yahoo. The headline and article said:
N.Y. gunman described as quiet, friendly neighbor
By Daniel Bases | Reuters – Fri, Aug 24, 2012

Neal • Swansea, Massachusetts • 1 day 10 hrs ago
People often wonder why someone would do this? Why would this man return to a job 1 year later and kill as person he worked with? We often are shocked by the outcome, but there are unanswered questions. Someone said he was fired so what? Well we do not know how much this man suffered while working with this company and apparently by this other person? We do not know how bad his life sunk because of what he lost? Apparently he was pretty pissed off to shoot someone in the head. This without a doubt is very tragic and sad, but we as a nation need to understand that this is often a result of Workplace Bullying. In schools children kill themselves, in corporate America, workers kill their former employees. When we decide to make Workplace Bullying a law, acts like these will begin to decrease. “Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying” and stop violent acts like this.

What made me get up today and write this to you was only two days later I saw what I had already felt. Mr. Jeffry Johnson and Mr. Steve Ercolino had long issues at work, and it was reported. So much more will come of this investigation but the facts were there.

Something was done though, and based on the outcome of this death, we will possibly see that it was Mr. Jeffry Johnson was the victim in this Workplace Bullying, and was Wrongfully Terminated. He had no legal recourse as was not a part of a protected class, and there was NO law in effect to help this man out.

I have spoken on these exact issues in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, and in all three States, “The Healthy Workplace Bill” was not passed this past session. In fact the most recent speech I gave at the “Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012” was exactly on employees killing their peers at work as a result of Workplace Bullying.

My Speeches:
Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video):

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in Boston Massachusetts July 7, 2012 (Video):

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012
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August 24th, 2012

WBI – The Workplace Bullying Institute

When shootings have workplace connections

Here we go again America – another gun killing. This time, the shooter, Jeffrey Johnson, targeted a specific individual, Steve Ercolino. He gunned him down outside the Empire State Building. Johnson was let go one year ago from Hazan Imports, a small firm that designs handbags, where Ercolino was VP of sales.

After Johnson shot Ercolino twice, he left the scene and was followed by construction workers. When the police reached Johnson, he pulled his gun and the police killed him.

This might be an incident in which the shooter was a former bullied target. In a 2012 WBI survey, 41% of bullied targets reported that they “understand how a person could be driven to hurting or killing those who had bullied them.” Most shootings don’t involve bullying or bullied targets. Here’s the basis for my speculation.

My speculation is based on two reported facts. CNN reported that two men had a long-standing dispute at work. Each had filed harassment claims against the other. Since they were both men, and unless there were racial differences between the two, the harassment would not have met the criteria for illegal discriminatory harassment. That would have made the claims about bullying, the form of harassment that is legal when both parties are the same gender or same race. So, there might have been bullying of one by the other at the root of their “dispute.”
The second important fact is that Ercolino was walking to work with Irne Timan. She saw Johnson emerge from hiding behind a white van when the two neared. Timan told the NY Times reporters: “I saw him pull a gun out from his jacket, and I thought to myself, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to shoot him’ — and I wanted to turn and push Steve out of the way,” Ms. Timan said, in a telephone interview from the precinct house where she was being interviewed. “I knew it; I just knew it was going to happen. But it was too late. Steve screamed, Jeff shot him, and I just turned and ran.”

Her report confirms the animosity Johnson felt toward Ercolino. In the aftermath, there will much soul searching about what could have been done differently at Hazan. Human resources should be asked to provide evidence they had tried to resolve the Johnson-Ercolino “dispute.”

Clearly, Johnson blamed Ercolino for his job loss. After a year with no work to fuel the resentment, Johnson made a decision he thought was the only option available to him. From the outside looking in, we know he had other options. But we were not in Johnson’s shoes. CNN’s lead sentence condemned the man as a “disgruntled former worker.”

Employers have the right to terminate based on economic necessity. But the methods of separation are worth considering prior to severing people. Layoffs can lead to destitution, lost homes, lost access to health care, strained family relationships. A little advance planning sprinkled with a dose of compassion could preclude standard resentments. Decisions have consequences.

Was Johnson given a severance? Was his unemployment denied? Was there no extension of benefits? Was he given bad references, making the next job impossible to get? We simply don’t know right now.

In the end, only Jeffrey Johnson was responsible for the tragedy he brought to the Ercolino and the families of all the people wounded in the process.

One day, a law will pass, so we can help to force adult to get along with each other, while at work. We can then help educated each company, on the repercussions of this terrorizing and destruction of an illness to out country, called Workplace Bullying. I know I have made it my passion to do so.

As my message of “Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bulling” is getting out there, the momentum of what we have to do will hopefully change lives. One message at a time, but in realty it’s all about RESEPCT!

“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
Edmund Burke

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