Archives for the month of: March, 2013

URGENT – To all Verizon Employees :

Over the last year as my trial was in progress (Dias v Verizon) we had to take several depositions, listened to management witnesses from Verizon and received many written statements from Verizon as well that they submitted to other agencies that were very important to my case. This has included Verizon’s EEO Officers, Verizon Corporate Security, Verizon’s Legal Department etc….

There # 1 goal was to focus the objective at proving that was case had nothing to do with discrimination and that they treat ALL their employees in the same manner. That they admit to having Historical Bullies working for them but so what, they treat them all the same. They admitted to not punishing management for swearing in the garages but factually punished unions members for swearing. They admitted to several other issued but that is for a later time.
When your focus is on one objective, you lie, you conspire and cover up the truth. You will then tend to allow other evidence to come forth because, you let you guard down. The evidence that Verizon has allowed to the surface is quite disturbing, but that will be sent to the agencies below for an investigation for all of us.

I had advised all of you previously that my lawsuit was just the beginning of what was in store for the future at exposing Verizon for what they not only did to me but to so many other great and dedicated Verizon employees.

Since July 8th 2011, Verizon has begun to offer me monetary gag order settlements with strict rules to shut me up and I refused them all. The last settlement Verizon offered me was $500,000 at Christmas of 2012, why so much money if I was wrong? This gag order was to stop exposing them to the world and telling everyone about Verizon hostile work environment, shut everything down, could not write a tell all book the truth about Verizon and my family had to sign it as well – not going to happen I said, I rather lose in trial than give up my constitutional rights as an American. They did not want anyone to know what really happens inside their home.

Verizon admitted to the extreme NEGLIACE of not protecting their employees. Keeping their employees in very unsafe condition from abusive management and not punishing management when factual evidence proved beyond a reasonable doubt that the Verizon Managers Violated the Verizon Business Code of Conduct. By Verizon having full knowledge of these actions and not taking the appropriate actions, caused Verizon to violate State and Federal Laws as well. There also is a great possibility that now by admitting to these facts in Verizon’s own documentation, statements and court transcripts Verizon may be held accountable criminally as well. It is our right as American citizens and Verizon employees to be protected from harm, and Verizon admitted just the opposite to those facts.

As we speak, my appeal is in process, but what i am going to speak about below is separate from my appeal. This has nothing and I mean absolutely nothing to do with my appeal that is separate. This first of many steps below is the beginning of the many ongoing steps to “Justice at Verizon.” I am never going away Verizon and this is why: “When you’re violated and wronged there is nothing wrong about exposing the perpetrators, it’s our right as victim and it’s our constitutional right.” Bullying invokes the impulse to commit domestic abuse, workplace abuse and is the modus operandi for almost all violence. I will have to use my displeased emotion as fuel to move forward in a positive direction to seek justice for all.

It’s fact Verizon has allowed management to target certain employees, and allowed a hostile work environment to foster. It is fact, that Verizon receives over 104,000 EEO Violations a year which is about 2,000 a week. It is now factual evidence they do nothing to protect many of these employees, because the EEO complaints are against management – so they cover them up, and now I have proof for all of you “PAST and Present” employees.” I told you before, it became more than me, this is much larger. Verizon feels that they can get away with this like they once told me to my face, “We have more money and resources to tie you up for the rest of your life and you and your family will never receive justice” – July 8th 2011.

Individually you may be correct and sometimes single Verizon employees seeking justice against you when they are wringed may not get the justice they received but collectively you are incorrect. Company, State and Federal Laws were in fact broken by Verizon, and now the dance has only begun. Verizon’s endless Negligence to correct these behaviors and allow them for foster generationally will now begin to end. Our voices will be heard and it will come with great sacrifices from all of you Verizon past and present employees.

There are 235,000 employees at Verizon and thousands of you have already shared your displeasure with me through several outlets about the bullying, racial, discriminatory, abusive, retaliation and hostile treatment while working with Verizon. Many on the outside will never understand how bad it really is, because many companies do not operate in this manner – but Verizon does.

Overtime, collectively we are going to let the world know we mean business and change bad behaviors at Verizon and other companies. When we show Verizon we
will not tolerate their lies and bullying, we show the world and other companies “HATE” can no longer exist.

I have already contacted these Federal Agencies below and spoke to them on what I have uncovered at Verizon. They advised me on the proper ways in providing factual evidence in Verizon’s Owns Words on Verizon’s National Neglect to the safety and welfare of the employees. These agencies stated to me that it’d every company’s obligation to protect their employees from harm. They also stated that these companies that do in fact have knowledge of a complaints and fail to protect them employee can be held accountable at the Federal Level up to and including fines and criminal prosecution. These agencies below (not including Congress, The House of Representatives and the President of the United States) have indeed advised me of these consequences when I spoke to them.
• U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
• The U.S. Justice Department
• The U.S. Department of Labor
• The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA)
• The American Federal Labor AFL-CIO
• To the Congress
• The House of Representatives
• And the President of the United States

I will leave no stone unturned after what they did to my family. I will be requesting investigations, fines, criminal prosecution and improved work regulations within Verizon. Verizon will be the foundation and example across this country of how not to let you company end up like them.

I will need all your support and it will be easy. In the near future I will pass on all the contacts and address of each one of the agencies above after two week after I submit the evidence requesting an investigation. I will engage in several petitions asking all of you to sign and forward in the process of too seek justice and correct injustice.

In the last two years I have gathered thousands of Verizon email addresses internal and external. I have gathered each and every union CWA/IBEW offices throughout this country and they will post my request on their sites and pass my request on to help all their members. And will continue to reach over 150,000 supporters worldwide asking them to get this to pass this on to other Verizon employees. So many of you took the time to tell me your own personal story with will not only be in my book that is coming out later this year, but will get to these U.S. Federal Agencies seeking justice at Verizon.

Do not FEAR as “U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), The U.S. Justice Department, The U.S. Department of Labor or The Occupational Health, AFL-CIO and Safety Administration (OHSA) will not pass on your complaint, expose your name or jeopardize your position if your still employees at Verizon. They will protect your rights, while conducting a national investigation having Verizon turn over hundreds of thousands of documentation, while speaking too many of you. They will use my official complaint to the facts and only utilize yours as additional data to support the facts.

This is how we ask for Justice from so many that were unjustly violated as a Verizon employee. I have already my homework, and as they receive not only my statement, proof, the thousands of stories I received as well as your letters. This was why I went to trial verses accepting a “GAG ORDER,” to continue to fight for all your rights and laws to be changed. We will win! When these agencies receives many letters and complaints there is an obligation to answer them and an investigation will uncover Verizon’s neglect to protect only their selected employees as they proved in my case.

These agencies will do their jobs and what I will be requesting is only what we deserve as citizens. We do not know if the Federal Agencies already had received other complaints about this neglect in the past.

Verizon EEO admitted in depositions in 2011 that they receive 104,000 EEO Complaints a year;
• So how many go uninvestigated?
• How many go cover up based on who the complaints is against?
• So how many Verizon employees has been neglected protection from their company?

U.S. EEOC will investigate and decide on:
o Possible Federal Violations
o Possible fines
o and or criminal consequences
 tampering with evidence
 obstruction with justice
 failing to conduct an investigation leading to increased harmful work environments
 And we don’t even know the other criminal penalties Verizon violated as well, as they will decide.

The U.S. Justice Department will investigate and decide on:
o Possible Federal Violations
o Possible fines
o and or criminal consequences
 tampering with evidence
 obstruction with justice
 failing to conduct an investigation leading to increased harmful work environments
 And we don’t even know the other criminal penalties Verizon violated as well as well, as they will decide.

The U.S. Department of Labor will investigate and decide on:
o Possible Federal Violations
o Possible fines
o and or criminal consequences
 tampering with evidence
 obstruction with justice
 failing to conduct an investigation leading to increased harmful work environments
 And we don’t even know the other criminal penalties Verizon violated as well as well, as they will decide.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) will investigate and decide on:
o Possible Federal Violations
o Possible fines
o and or criminal consequences
 tampering with evidence
 obstruction with justice
 failing to conduct an investigation leading to increased harmful work environments
 And we don’t even know the other criminal penalties Verizon violated as well as well, as they will decide.

AFL-CIO – American Federal Labor will investigate and decide on:

o Possible Federal Violations
o Possible fines
o and or criminal consequences
 tampering with evidence
 obstruction with justice
 failing to conduct an investigation leading to increased harmful work environments
 And we don’t even know the other criminal penalties Verizon violated as well as well, as they will decide.

The Federal violations, penalties, and financial consequences can be in the tens to hundreds of millions for allowing their employees to work in an unsafe and unhealthy working environment and having full knowledge of it, this makes the accountable. No telling what they will find one once they uncover Verizon’s cover ups that has occurred over time.

In the movie “Civil Action” (true story in Massachusetts), the attorney he lost a major part of the case for so many that died based on contaminated water but later was able to prove major negligence after the case was over. He then turned over evidence to the Environmental Protection Agency EPA. The Federal investigation cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in fines and a Federal Lawsuit brought by the Government as they were wrong and covered up the truth.

You as Verizon Employees have complained to your coworkers, customers, the media, your friends and family. If you do not STEP UP NOW when the time is right, do not make one more complaint to anyone as you lost your right to do so. I have opened the doors to Verizon’s unethical, abusive environment and illegal operations; it is time for you to now take that next step with me. They need to be held accountable for such actions to all of us.

I will contact you in the near future with the addresses and contacts to forward your complaints and stories. It will take me a little time to put together
exactly what they requested but I will let all of you know when it’s submitted.

I may lose my home, have to start over in life but I will not lose my family or my right to expose Verizon. I was a great employee, a moral employee and did not deserve the treatment I was forced to endure. For this reason I cannot stop!

Thank you,

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

Neal W. Dias
774-627-4218
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
Justicefor7@yahoo.com

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Blog Address (GOOGLE): Bullying at Verizon – Enough is Enough

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My Story:
http://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/bullying-at-verizon/

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Not over Yet!  – Verizon

In life there are set-backs, and this past week losing to Verizon was one.  I have learned throughout my life to never give up, never.  We lost this trial not because we were not prepared for Verizon to lie, and catch them, but because we had to win by a unanimous decision and we were honest.  My belief is that you cannot get 12 friends in a room to agree on anything never mind when it comes to racial acts, bullying or a wrongful termination.  We are not done yet, I may say. 

When I started this journey to seek justice that my family and I well deserved I never though in my wildest dreams my message would carry so far?  I am happy with that more than anything.  Today, I spoke to my publisher and we are carrying out the final chapters to my book about Verizon.  What’s unique about this book is there will be thousands of Verizon employee stories about your personal experiences while working for Verizon, not just mine.  I have gathered them all for the world to see.  So as I begin to let the world know the truth about Verizon, you will have your voices as well through me. 

When you’re violated and wronged there is nothing wrong about exposing the perpetrators, it’s our right as victim and it’s our constitutional right.   

Most importantly, I need all of you to not get discouraged by my loss, as it’s a gain.  It’s a step in the right direction to getting the word out to corporation “we will no longer accept poor behaviors in the workplaces.”  Please do not stop and continue to speak up against “Workplace Bullying.”  One day it will be law!

I did what I was asked to do and that was to follow the Verizon Business Code of Conduct, and report abusive behaviors and I would be protected, not retaliated against as it turned out.  Others never had to worry about the Verizon Business of Code of Conduct because they had the power and connections to avoid the repercussion, as it was proven this week.

Today, I began to try and save our home from foreclosure so right now hopefully I can save my home.  It’s my number one priority but I promise you this, I will never give up on this fight against Verizon and against Workplace Bullying.  One my book is published this journey is only getting started.

God Bless you all and thank you from my family to yours

 

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King

 

 

Neal W. Dias
774-627-4218
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
Justicefor7@yahoo.com

My Story:

http://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/bullying-at-verizon/

 

 

Dias v Verizon

On Friday March 15th 2013, my family and I lost our trial in Boston Massachusetts against Verizon.  Over this past weekend I have been asked what happened and I describe it how I know best, I compare it to soccer.  It was like a soccer game, your team dominated 99% of the game, shot on goal 20 plus times, but the other team had one breakaway and won.  We were a better team, dominated the game and still lost.  The score does not in no way reflect the game. 

My attorney was perfection, she really was.  She did a great job and put the fear of God into a notable two worldwide companies like the Law Firm of Edwards and Wildman and Verizon.  They spent millions to fight this case, and flew in President Robert Mudge and Jack Conroy.  They had their new VP of Verizon New England sitting in the courtroom as well.  They also had Verizon head of legal and Verizon HR as well.  They flew in a witness as well, Mr. Rich Gittens a minority manager from PA just because he was black to show the jury for 5 minutes.  They did what they had to do, to continue up the reality that will continue to exist within Verizon.

Right before Christmas of 2012 Verizon offered me just under $500,000 to settle this case, shut my blog down, stop exposing them, silence my wife and I cannot write a book.  I would not be allowed to help others as well.  When most would have taken that and ran, I could not accept that, it made me sick to even think about it.  I am still very content that I did not expect their offer even knowing the odds in a trial by jury.  Why, it’s simple to me that would have gone against what I stood for over the last 9 years and that was to stop the injustice, racism and bullying from happening. If I would have taken that, the world would have never known the inside of Verizon and bullying would still continue to foster.  If a company like Verizon offers you almost $500,000, do you honestly think I was wrong?   

I would love to place you inside of the courtroom and tell you what happened but it’s not over.  I cannot explain to you at this moment about the next step of the process, but as you know were not through just yet.  I was always told, “When you lie, you have to lie again to cover that lie up and that cannot happen.”

Many Verizon managers took the stand to save their positions, and altered their testimonies while another took advantage of a paid weekend trip from Verizon, for 5 minutes.  They all had something in common.  They all forgot this was Federal Court and it was documented and recorded.  When you perjure your testimony and especially in Federal Court there are possible criminal penalties.  Like the rules of life, there are rules in the courtroom and when they’re nor followed, the courts have consequences that are the LAW.

I was happy I told the truth as my family sat near to listen.  I have no shame, that I stood up against a company that treated me in such a way, it harmed my family forever.  As I sat there watching grown men and woman smirking at my children and wife throughout the week, and I had realized how bad they really are.  As I watched Director John Puopolo and Control Foreman Kathy Bertolino turn and look at children and wife and laugh and them when the verdict was read, told me so much about Verizon.       

But I knew when I walked out of that courtroom I was so proud of me, finally I was proud of me.  I was proud to know for 9 years, I never quit.  I did not do what so many management employees do at Verizon do each day, they quit on their courage and they quit on themselves. They have lost their manhood and get treated like a peasant and come back for more the next day.   So many complain of the torture and bullying and cry to other manager but do not make a stand for what was right.  So they get abused at work, treated horrible for what? 

Each day I tell my children to never quit on anything you believe in.  Like AOM Jim Fennell said, “Neal walked the walk.” 

I tell my children no one deserves to treat you bad, no one.  This past week they saw their father make the biggest stand against injustice, and even though they saw with their the lies, cover-ups and perjured statements with their own eyes, they cannot understand how we loss, how does that happen dad?  But it was on the way home when I realized what I taught my children was what really mattered.

My 17 year old son Sarandon said to me, as his mom was crying!  He said, “Dad, you’re a real man, they are not men none of them.  I am so proud of you as a man and father.  You did something many will never have the guts to do.  You raised us great dad and I am so proud to tell everyone you’re my dad.  I am going to raise my kids like you raised us dad.  And you know what were a great family and even though we will lose our home and everything we always have each other.  I am proud of you dad.”   

My mind is clear and I feel so much better that I had my voice heard but it is not over.  I have learned in court the jury only gets to hear 10% of your story and it’s different.  So I am so thankful my voice will not stop, through my blog, new web site being built and my book.  Through this my story can be told in full.  We are not done exposing companies like Verizon. But I have to take a break to gain control of my body and mind and so much time away from my family.

I am so thankful to all that have reached out to my family and I with so much love and compassion and we thank you. Without you and your comments, strength and courage I cannot tell you how much you saved my life as well.

As I stated right now I cannot get into this case just yet, with my opinions but will talk more at a later time.  If you’re a Verizon employee or an attorney fighting Verizon you need to look at my court case and you can retrieve it online.  Go to this link:  http://www.pacer.gov/

Today I was forwarded a text from Malcome Benvie.  If you can recall Mr. Malcome Benvie was the racist bullying equal opportunity offender manager that Verizon EEO “never investigated” when I went to them in 2005.  It said: “Hi Buzzy….heard Neil lost his court case…give him my regards…..hope all is well with you and your family….mal.”

Because you lose in court, does not mean they were right.  People still have not realized, it is not here on this earth what justice will be granted, it is with God.

Thank you so much!

 

Neal Dias

After 9 years of trying to seek justice at Verizon for the workplace violence, that my family and I have suffered, my day nears in federal court.

On Monday March 11th we will begin a 5 day trial praying the that on March 15th justice for my family and I will be certain.

No matter the result, I want to thank all of you for the emails, calls, cards letters and text messages in support and prayers.

Ty so much!

Neal