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

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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10 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”.

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