Massachusetts Capital / The House Bill 1766

Massachusetts Capital  / The House Bill 1766 – What an Honor!

On Tuesday June 25, 2013 I will be speaking at the Capital in Boston Massachusetts, in front of the “Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.”  The House Bill 1766 which address, “Workplace bullying, mobbing, and harassment, without regard to protected class status, is back on the table and we need to push this forward.

This Bill (if becomes law) will “never” help me or my family it’s too late, but will without a doubt, it will help the present and future employees here in Massachusetts.  Our children and the future of our children here in Massachusetts depend on this Bill.  It is critical that “all the law makers” in Massachusetts attend or support this bill when it lands on their desk.

In reality this Bill, and others like it around the Country (in about 25 other States) benefits both the employees are employers.  This Bill is not about increasing lawsuits when in fact will reduce them.  This Bill will in no way harm companies, but rather dramatically reduces work tensions, and increases a healthier work environment, which in the end will increase productivity.  It’s about accountability, taming the immoral and unacceptable behaviors that have fostered in our workplaces.  In the end, it will save lives and keep families together.

When I asked Verizon in 2005 to help, their answer after they completed a two year (in 2007) investigation was:

The investigation yield that Benvie had a reputation of being a BULLY and an equal opportunity offender.  Race was not an issue with Benvie’s condescending and obnoxious behavior and inappropriate comments to almost everyone that he had contact with.  McGovern had substantiated complaints from Caucasian technicians concerning Benvie’s offensive management style. Best simply had a foul mouth and did not differentiate between anyone with the manner in which she spoke.

Verizon accepts this behavior, and Verizon knew (when they responded in a position statement to the “Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)” about my claim) that “No Law was broken.” 

If the “Bully” was an “Equal Opportunity Offender (as they stated),” as long as it was not Discriminatory, the Bully (who is still at Verizon – Mr. Malcome Benvie) behavior was completely acceptable within their environment.  You can Bully the employees within Verizon’s walls, as long as he / she does it to everyone, which he /she has for well to long.  So no law was broken!

I lost a hearty six figure income to now making $16.20 an hour for making a stand as my Human Rights was indeed violated, losing all I have worked so hard to gain in my life.

A female technician Leanne St. Pierre brought to the attention to Verizon a few years ago a situation.  She reported that her direct male manager touched her inappropriately, and Verizon responded to her in a position statement saying: “He only touched you once.”  Verizon left this manager leading over Leanne and she was eventually further harassed, bullies, tormented and the wrongfully terminated by her male boss she reported to Verizon EEO / Verizon Security.  She was put on the streets.  She is a single mother that went from earning well over a $70,000 income supporting her home and children with dignity to now in total dismay, her children paying the ultimate price, she’s broke!

Today both Leanne and I lost our positions at Verizon because we made a stand against inappropriate, unacceptable and immoral behavior because we stood alone.  Others need not to be where Leanne and I are.  It’s in every company, in every State and all over the world

The issue is worldwide but we need one State to set the momentum, so here, it is our time Massachusetts.

Workplace Bully is a problem that has invaded the life of 37% adult Americans without invitation. In its more severe forms, it triggers a host of stress-related health complications — hypertension, auto-immune disorders, depression, and anxiety to PTSD. The person’s immediate job and often career are often disrupted.

This has to change and today I am asking you to help make that change.  Verizon and other companies cannot respond to their employees like they have responded to Leanne and I.   The responses were cold, and with no care at all to our rights and families whom we both support.  It was done with no remorse or concern to your request as long as a law was not broken.  Verizon has destroyed our families, and its time other families in Massachusetts – no longer need to suffer.

I am truly honored to have been asked by State Representative Ellen Story to attend on Tuesday June 25th; as I know what I have to say is of value, and can make a difference, but you can do it was well.   Please take the time to write your Representative and Senator in this State and ask them to please support this Bill.  You can locate them from the link below, we can do this.

 

“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
774-991-3663
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
Justicefor7@yahoo.com

My Story:

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

 

 

 

 

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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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4 Responses to Massachusetts Capital / The House Bill 1766

  1. Robbin says:

    Neal,

    I agree that people who speak up in the workplace tend to get lower paid jobs after being let go or fired. I speak from personal experience as I am not making what I could have made if my supervisor did not bully me at work. I am still struggling financially as bankruptcy is around the corner. My parents brought me up to work hard honestly and to not bully people at work. We need to remember that when bully occur at work, someone wins and someone loses.

  2. dolly selha says:

    after ready this I will not recommend the services of Verizon when iread about this I right away changed to Comcast and I also let everyone I know whats going on with the head ones at Verizon treat their help and got away with as far as I know Comcast dosent treat their help like Verizon . did I haven’t heard anything bad. icant believe they got away with all the rotten things they did to people and got away with . for years until it took one person bring to light not only what he went to but also everyone else I say neal is not only fighting for himself but for all people thanks

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