Verizon / The Healthy Workplace Bill

The Healthy Workplace Bill

Dear Legislator:

We need your help and it is URGENT!  We are the employees all across this wonderful Country, and it’s time to focus your thoughts towards a destructive pattern called “Workplace Bullying.”   Workplace Bullying is the problem and is a major epidemic all over our Country.  I know as I communicate with thousands of them about this topic.  I never knew anything about Workplace Bullying or even experienced it until I became a manager at Verizon Communications and I saw way too much.  I never knew the magnitude of this issue, and how it destroys so many lives until I posted my story and received thousands in return.  I never knew how bad Workplace Bullying was until it became a major part of my life, and now I just cannot walk away, knowing what I know now.

I saw and heard things that were beyond inappropriate and should be illegal while working at Verizon.  When I made a stand for others in protecting their rights and dignity – the abuse, retaliation, racism and complete hostile environment was redirected towards me.  I endured a hostile work environment, was harassed, targeted; work sabotaged, racially discriminated against, blackballed, ignored and eventually was wrongfully terminated from Verizon.  I thought I was alone, but I am not!

The current laws do not address Workplace Bullying/Abusive Conduct.

A 2007 national survey by Zogby International and Workplace Institute found that:

  • 37% of workers have experienced workplace bullying.
  • 62% of employees who received complaints about      workplace bullying either ignore the problem or made it worse.
  • 64% of bullying targets eventually are pushed out of      their jobs.
  • 73% of workplace bullies are supervisors.

The harm do to Workplace Bullying includes but is not limited to; stress-related diseases (cardiovascular, immunological, gastrointestinal), plus anxiety, clinical depression and PTSD.  It also is related to, domestic violence, financial hardships, bankruptcies, divorces, deaths, strokes, heart attacks, workplace killings, suicides, workplace violence and ongoing abuse.  There is a total mental and physical breakdown of good productive individuals and families. The same individuals that worked hard in life to become something, and workplace bullying destroyed them from the inside out.  Enormous amount of medical cost associated to this like prescription drugs, therapy /counseling and etc. 

For the companies, there is loss of so much including productivity, unhappy employees and lack of commitment to a company. How about the increased of absenteeism and short term disability which is directly related to emotional distress, turnover and retraining, costing the company millions to trillions over time not including useless legal obligations. 

Without laws, employers can legally ignore this abusive conduct and many sweep it under the rug.  Many employers are subjecting their employees to continuous abusive, malicious and health harming workplaces.  

Myths vs. Reality about the Healthy Workplace Bill:

  • MYTH: The bill takes away the ability of employers to manage their workforce.
  • REALITY: The bill enters the picture only when the bullying behaviors have become severe and harmful. It provides legal incentives for employers to sharply minimize their liability exposure by acting preventively and responsively toward bullying, and it reserves the right of employers to conduct evaluations and provide feedback and direction to their employees.

Please help to adopt the “Healthy Workplace Bill.” In 2013 your State may have (refer below to link to see your State) an “Anti-Bullying Healthy Workplace Bill” on your table.  This Bill will create stability in Corporate America and improve lives.  We need your help to pass this bill.  If you are in a State that does not have the Bill, please lead your state in sponsoring it.

Many across this Country are severely hurting and you can stop the pain, buy voting in a “Healthy Workplace Bill” in 2013.  Let’s lead this World, and show them we will no longer tolerate abusive acts in our Workplaces!

As Verizon would say: Making Progress Every Day!

“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

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

Facebook:
• Justice at Verizon
• Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying

My Story:

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

https://justiceatverizon.wordpress.com/2012/06/24/unjustice-at-verizon-and-the-massachusetts-commission-against-discrimination/

My Speeches:
Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in Boston Massachusetts July 7, 2012 (Video):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85HKgP-dfyI

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012
**(Neal W. Dias – fast forward to 02:41:56 – 02:56:09)**
http://ct-n.com/ondemand.asp?ID=8061

National Workplace Bullying Press Conference in Washington DC October 15th 2012

http://www.workplacebullying.org/2012/10/21/npc-dias/

http://youtu.be/bid5DK97rq8

 

Huffington Post Article:

Title: Verizon: Plenty Of Good Middle Class Jobs But Would You Want To Work There?
http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2012/09/14/verizon-plenty-of-good-middle-class-jobs-but-would-you-want-to/

 

Newspaper Article About Me:

Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Newspaper Article):
http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/128768/savino-englebright-push-bill-to-fight-workplace-bullying/

Legislative Gazette May 7, 2012
http://www.legislativegazette.com/Articles-Top-Stories-c-2012-05-07-81658.113122-Bill-protects-employees-from-workplace-bullying.html

Story on the Massachusetts Healthy Workplace web site June 11, 2012:
http://www.mahealthyworkplace.com/workplace/neal.html

Civil Rights and Anti-Bullying Leadership Summit in Hartford Connecticut at the Legislators Building, August 9, 2012 (Flyer)
http://www.ct.gov/chro/lib/chro/2012_Summit_Details_and_Information.pdf

Press Release Distribution October 11, 2012
http://www.prlog.org/11997573-national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week.html

News Blaze October 12, 2012
http://newsblaze.com/story/2012101205010600002.pnw/topstory.html

ABC Channel 13 / WE-SET TV The Heart of Virginia October 15, 2012
http://www.wset.com/story/19802884/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

24/7 Press Releases October 13, 2012
http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release-rss/national-leaders-support-quotfreedom-from-workplace-bullies-weekquot-308871.php

U.S. Politics Today October 15, 2012
http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/118659159/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

National Workplace Bullying Press Conference in Washington DC October 15th 2012

http://www.workplacebullying.org/freedom-week/freedom-week-wbi/

http://www.workplacebullying.org/2012/10/11/fw-npc/

http://uspolitics.einnews.com/pr_news/118659159/national-leaders-support-freedom-from-workplace-bullies-week-mary-kay-henry-seiu-hilary-o-shelton-naacp-mg-taguba-ppalm

PETITIONS:

Petition: The Healthy Workplace Bill

http://signon.org/sign/the-healthy-workplace?source=c.url&r_by=4096164

 

Bullying at Verizon – Enough is Enough / Petition:
http://signon.org/sign/bullying-at-verizon-enough?source=c.em.cp&r_by=4096164

Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying / National Petition:
http://signon.org/sign/enough-is-enough-stop-1?source=c.url&r_by=4521742

Healthy Workplace Bill:
Healthy Workplace National Bill page: http://www.healthyworkplacebill.org/

o PLEASE, click on this link above, then get into you specific state. Once you are in the state of your choice, Click on to your state, and you will see the: “HWCE-Z Letter E-Mailing Tool,” will be right on that page. It will only take one minute as it will allow your state legislators know instantly that you are in support on this “Healthy Workplace Bill.”

Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) / Unlimited Resources

http://www.workplacebullying.org/

Undercover Lawyer / State Law Resources for Hostile Work Environment

http://www.undercoverlawyer.com/state-law-resources/

Oprah (On Workplace Bullying):

http://www.oprah.com/health/Workplace-Bullying-Linked-with-Lack-of-Sleep

National Workplace Bullying Attorney – Carol Ryder:
Attorney Carol Ryder from New York, NY.

http://carolryderlaw.com/100301.html

 

 

 

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About justiceatverizon

Neal W. Dias – Bio I am a 46 year old former U.S. Marine, who was brought up by my father, due to my mother passing away when I was 8 years old. I have five children, and a grandchild and a wonderful wife. I was born in 1965, in Fall River Massachusetts. I lived on the 2nd floor from my Grandmother. I come from a very large family Cape Verdean family. In 1973 we moved from the city, into the suburban neighborhood, a place called Swansea. It was that year when I lost my mother in an auto mobile accident. In 1984 I went into the U.S. Marines which enforced respect for one self and our Nation. After getting out of the Marines, I furthered my education and received my first degree, which was in Electrical Technology. In 1997 I was hired by Nynex (now called Verizon), as a lineman. In 2004 I was promoted to manager as I was in the process of working on my second degree in Business Management and advanced to upper management, rapidly. I was a valued leader on the Verizon Diversity Committee, and spoke at several locations. I was on the Diversity committee and was directly responsible for ensure the first ever Verizon’s Diversity Week went on without any hitches. I was awarded for my success in New York by the Verizon New England President. I was apart of other specialized organizations within Verizon to ensure my voice was heard as I stood up against Bullying, Harassment, Racism and Discrimination was not accepted with the Verizon walls. But it was in 2004 when I was promoted, I began to see Verizon employees getting bullied and tormented by Verizon Management. I did what I through was best, and tried to halt the bullying that was taking place at Verizon, then it shifted to me. After standing up against the powers to be, trying to help others I was targeted, harassed, bullied, discriminated against, endured racial harassment and eventually wrongfully terminated. I was brought up with the belief of how you treat people, is how you will be treated. It was embedded into my mind that respect was how it will be in my family. My father said, “Respect people, work hard and life will treat you kind.” This was the belief of a man who was discriminated against for so many years, because of his color, but never changed his values. I knew then, I cannot walk away like so many others that have had to endure such cruelty, and that this bullying issue is larger than me. After seven and a half years my story is still is not over as I am still in federal court in Boston Massachusetts awaiting the second summary of judgment decision. I will continue to fight for justice and my honor. I now have committed my life to help others, and started a blog page which has acquired over 13,000 readings and over 1,500 comments in only a few months. After hearing all these stories, I knew I had to do something and became an advocate for workplace bulling. This is when I stumbled upon “New York Healthy Workplace Advocates.” On April 30, 2012 I was honored to have spoken in Albany New York at the Capital a National Campaign on Workplace Bullying. I am an active Advocate to this cause, in Massachusetts. I have helped to organize many in the fight against Verizon and other companies in the war against bullying in corporate America. I have helped to guide so many to resources to guide these victims in the fight against any form of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, as this is my mission. Neal W. Dias 645 Marvel Street Swansea, MA. 02777 774-319-3931 Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6pPe2gqGRI&feature=share Healthy Workplace Bill Press Conference in New York April 30, 2012 (Newspaper Article): http://blog.timesunion.com/capitol/archives/128768/savino-englebright-push-bill-to-fight-workplace-bullying/
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