Dias v 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

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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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13 Responses to Dias v Verizon

  1. Neal…I know of you as I first read your comment on LinkedIn…I left a reply. I think you and I have to talk. But FIRST, my comrade in the war against workplace bullying, I want you to read my book: THROWN UNDER THE BUS: THE RISE AND ALL OF AN AMERICAN WORKER — and I want to send it to you for free. I KNOW what you have gone thru – I’ve been there too. 19 years of sheer hell. It’s as tho having been wrongfully imprisoned and now on “the outside” again. But make no mistake, as you well know, the pain is still there, the damage done. Unlike you, I won my federal suit, easily, I might add. But the harassment didn’t stop there. It continued on in the form of retaliation for another 14 years after that (in 1997). Also, I am very curious as to how it is you could’ve lost your case. While you say your lawyer was “perfection”, I think that is perhaps where you have been misled. I know I know, Verizon is huge and they have a bottomless purse, much like the employer I fought: New York City Transit. But that DOES NOT mean one loses, especially if he has a solid case UNLESS there was outright corruption. I am very anxious to compare notes with you and to hopefully collaborate to help put a stop to this nonsense. Have you read my first blog post? If not PLEASE DO! It’s about finding ways to impose legal limitations on workplace bullying, to add to the statutes and legislation to include a more comprehensive list of protected activity. As it stands, the list is short when you consider the scope of offenses. Please get back to me…I want to get that book out asap! YOU MUST READ IT! In the meantime, my heart goes out to you, you sound like a very honorable man.

    • Teresa,

      Thank you for reaching out to me and sharing your thoughts. You are correct, the pain will never go away and all that we’ve been through. This was the biggest impact in my families life and it was intentionally destroyed.

      Please do send me your book, I would love to read it. Send to Neal Dias 645 Marvel Street Swanssa Ma 02777.

      I cannot explain as we’ve appealed but will discuss soon.

      Stay in touch and please send.

      Ty

      Neal

      • Hi Neal! Although I know you did in fact communicate with me, I NEVER saw your posts here in response to mine until just now! I do apologize immensely. Maybe I never checked the “follow-up” box? Ugh. I was going over old emails from back to July and saw your message and then Googled your page again just for the heck of it. Glad I did!!! I just happen to be going to the post office tomorrow and will send you a copy of my book. You MUST read it asap! I know you will relate on so many levels. The more I think about your case, which, I admit, I don’t know firsthand on a legal basis, I am utterly PERPLEXED as to how you lost. A company offers you $500K and then the case fails? I’m sorry but something is crazy wrong with that, and again, I blame your “perfect” lawyer. That really irks me like you CAN imagine! I have a WHOLE chapter on lawyers in my book…I got to know them and their ways like the back of my hand over the course of 19 years (this in conjunction with my hubbys 12-year child custody battle where the lawyers are even more sinister!). Ok, well, the book is going out tomorrow. I await your feedback. Stay well…:) Teresa

  2. johnO says:

    Sorry you lost your case. Reminds me of what occurred in the old Needham garage. Craig Woods, John Ingram, Hilda Fowlkes, BiLL Wise etc were bullyed (and RIF’d) by their AOM. The techs got a beat down as well. Imagine, that garage was once called a “country club”! LOL!

  3. johnO says:

    Yes, and those you named 1st, 2nd, and 3rd levels are all going strong. Metro-Boston and the South-East can be called “BullyLand”.

  4. Laura says:

    Thank you for doing the right thing. Your video on You Tube is amazing as is your post.
    Verizon treats its customers like it does its employees… terribly.
    I also know the horrors of workplace bullying as a teacher. Karen Horowitz @ National Association for the Prevention of Teacher Abuse battled her school system for 15 years….and won but did not take the settlement so she could expose the truth of what is happening.
    America was once great for its character and integrity but is slowly turning the tide to a moral decline because of situations like yours, Karen’s and mine. Thanks for being courageous to preserve what is right and good.

    • Laura, thank you for taking the time to write me. It’s sad that we even have to have this conversation at all.

      What happened to us happens to millions a year and it has to stop!

      I will continue to fight and hope u never give up either!

      Ty again.

      Neal

  5. di says:

    f its your time Verizon finds a way

    Verizon pays out others managers, co-workers and if needed doctors to say what they need and you will not be able to go against them. they control you and coworkers and the doctors opinions even if you get your own doctors its too late your out. you cant be a whistle blower or have them fix any OSHA related issue they know about and should have fixed automatically. you can never go against them, they say who they want to go after next and if its you sorry they are ruthless you are now nobody and if the others want to keep the jobs they have to play that game and shut up (I refused to help in past and saw a few go before me) its endless don’t get hurt on their property velichle you maybe working alone when you should not be. either you will be out eventually out they move the case in the direction they want confront hr and their attorney in many choices/ move to get person out and claim its not happening. its you when you know others are backing Verizon up and their mind playing head games never stop. they always go after someone in the time i worked there and medical is one of the ways they get many on. I heard a lot about missing tools and wire spools yet they see what they want and say anything they can if its your turn next to go. was the oldest in my department when they came down on me at meetings and younger ones asked to back up them so they can move up the ladder/ get the extras if they help, so sad Verizon is like this and people support them buy buying their products which i am sad to say some of the better out their and buyers do not know what they support by buying Verizon products and they have so many small/ other business that help them in all of their moves to get that person who they want out next. it could be age, sex, race, religion, your believes, not do free labor time for them, complain/ whistle blower, disability and more. You will be followed around and they will allow other to record you with cameras and do what ever they can even the opposite sex go into the restroom after you entered to use it. its you they need or want next to go Verizon tells and guides others what to say via meeting, email, instant messages and other voice conversations they tell one person to tell others what they need next from them and what they may get. They will NOT go after those helping them anything goes but for you you are a sitting duck. It wont stop until they can get anything to stick on you even if ts not what happened if they can make it look real their stories to make what they need said and the direction they need the results to go in it will. If you complain on others Verizon will not not want to check to back you except they said its not happening they did not do that. not if they want to get you they use what others can make stick its too late for you now there is more then one claim it cant be them how can it be all of them and they make sure they will get it backed up by another boss, hr or doctor. Verizon ignores what they want even if they started it, said it if they now need to change what they said all of a suddon they never said it (they play head games) they will keep it going, using what they can and not stop trying until the can get something to use or stick and get so much more it maybe even do or say what you really did or say they will have so many working with them as they cant do it without coworkers and managers giving extra to them. Over the years they changed and used so many differ ways on others and myself,I have to wonder if some of the Verizon managers need mental help themselves. My boss said he did and other coworkers. Verizon tells your personal business to others and shares your personal folder with other coworkers. Verizon really does not care what happens to you as long as they can verify they will have the results they need and coworkers their job after going after the next person to be next. Verizon and coworkers really do not care what Verizon wants them to do they will have a job thinking they have gone next if they lower senority. If they hold a higher community status job like represent Scouting, Towns, church they use that against you if they can. keeping job will get more money it the motivation for others to go against whomever was selected next to go. as long as they will have a job then rumors start you said something you never knew about months may past before you hear it this is how they get others to help them claiming you say things you did no and word it just right to get them to gang up and to remove you even hr, security, managers coworkers will back who they need to go. they get extra benefits able to surf, take your time you wanted vacation, your mandatory scheduled workload changes you get more work while the ones helping them get less work. Its done in chucks of time you have so long to file against verizon the wait for some time to pass and more to the next direction they need the case to go. Once the so called time allowed to file with the court or state passes they got you they are already working on getting you closer to the door with more helping them. Once you lost what you clan file agianst them on they will get you out with others helping them. I am sure some of them will lose they time in the future as Verizon has found differ ways to get rid of employees since I worked they but you always knew who was going next (even if I did not want to help set coworkers up to be let go). They call you names, lie to get what they want and take your personal things and you lose. I am missing things and cant get my things at work. In past as soon as they hear some are n ot coming back personal lamps, etc are moved to the desk of some that helped to get you out. They play games. Even your printouts at the printer are taken and others walking around reading it if lucky they put it back if not you must reprint sometimes whats on your desk too. I have so many things I am missing and seen other missing, lamps, glasses, untencils, dishes, papers, things in desk, keys, fans, books, etc the list can go one some more

    They talk the talk but they don’t care about you your just a number and your family is nothing to Verizon you had a paycheck for a while from them. If you don’t help them do what they want to others your next. It does not matter if a union is there or not they may help but the bottom line is you paid union dues so do the others if you cost too much to fight for you wont have a good system representing you. Oh lets not for get family that are working with each other under their family (boss, team lead or manager) and friends wont go against those friends its a secure system for a few but the others they drag in to help I seen others eventually go against them some lost their jobs but not family/ friend of the family (I am not talking about a family owned business).

    nly the ones helping them get extra benefits more break time, can come in late leave early, training , pay, vacation you wanted , less work on schedule better trained with getting details and somebody sitting with you for hours or day while you get an email something changed figure it out your self, you workload schedule will have more work for you will coworkers get a lighter work load, pc maybe erased and have constant problems while others hardly have pc problems while you have to spead extra time to fix your pc and play catch up.

    Verizon controls everything and your pc. You get theatened by others and the boss does not want to hear it or see it and claims they never knew. Verizon controls your pc remotely what is added to your pc or removed you may get somehing you dont you use and it will cause pc problems (freezes up, memory loss, someone tried to log onto you pc and locked you out, pc information erased the list can go on). ong as they keep helping they boss, HR, Verizon go after who is next and if you do not in time if will be you next to go or less someone can stop Verizon . Ou can get a case against Verizon they run you out of money or you wont get any times passes and the Government does not help much Verizon is too big and tell others what to say when they need it, your out of a job and Verizon lets others enjoys the benefits and plan on who is next to go after. Sometimes I knew who was next ahead of the other one being let go. The government cant stop a company so large as Verizon and verizon workers, doctors, managers are already used to what to say and do. If if against him or Verizon go against verizon so the stories are the same then we will talk and fix what they need to to do next. They get what they want at the others person expense and piece of mind.

    unfortuntely the lle has too many loops holes and takes too much time. People have a short memory and by the time passes Verizon already told others what they need to others know why they out. Doctor kept them out too long, hortterm longterm disabiliy, we did not get the fax or not at all or n time. You did not call in. she worked from home we did not know (when they tell you he working from hime), stole somehting, broked ethics rule, too many said you did it, we got a picture that fits close to the story, hey turn you in for something you never done, your next, they have someone lined up for job already, pc problems, sex, disabled, religion, race your not like some on them or not what they want in the future so if they can get one of you out now saves time in futue. You came in late or left early one minutes while buddies can be several mintes hours late, your a whislte blower. They post things and blame you even if you did not do it. Your a slow worker but you keep getting a lot of work and pc not being fixed they say they will fix it it could be years. And a lot more.

    Within Verizon you have so many day to report anything while if they need something they will go back years if they need to fix a story to be changed the way they need it to and that person they go after will lose out. They can be very nasty to you. you cant find out about other cases or less you read about them somewhere by then its too late. If your lucky they may tell you a small portion so they can say you know but they always retaliate aginst you and you wont know until its too late and you cant do anything about it. They even have other companies help short and long -term disability, doctors, attorney, insurance, etc. you will be told They make it sound like its only you hearing things, its not happening its you with the problem s its a “Free Will Employment” and they break so many laws at your expense and they come out smelling like a rose and left you to rot and move on with what ever they used to get you out good luck finding a job or not have other problems thanks to them having paid for a doctor to say what they want and they are the customer to the doctor not you. You wont be able to get a report or statement from them or less they consult they attorneys and get how they need it then you are nothing you wont hear from them and you have to pick up where they leave you so Verizon can look good for the next person they will go against. They even keep your personal items at work.

  6. stopogs says:

    Neal, I watched your testimony online. You are a hero and I thank you for coming forward with the truth. I am also a victim of severe workplace bullying/mobbing at well known national healthcare company. Like you, the harassment has spilled over into my personal life and also involves neighbors and people all over my community and city. This situation escalated 2 years ago and it has been a nightmare. I think our harassment is just a symptom of something much bigger and more destructive happening in our country. These people are criminals and belong behind bars. Please read my blog, I am on WordPress too. Would really like to be in contact with you.

    http://stoporgangstalking.wordpress.com/

  7. Joan says:

    I was searching Verizon lawsuits and found your posts Neal Diaz. I worked for Verizon for 30 years and was bullied for the last 20 of my dedicated service. I had to retire at 50 because I became totally disabled due to on the job accident. Verizon fought me in court for years. I finally gave up because of my physical disability and retired and was awarded Social Security disability by the federal government. I retired in 2002. I am unable to go into all the harrassment because it was extensive but Verizon attorneys lied and were able to get my attorneys on their side and I also found out after I retired Union did not help me because they were talking to Verizon attorneys. Union did apologize later when they realized they were listening to wrong people but by then it was to late. Verizon destroyed my life.

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