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06/15/12 | 5:48AM
Verizon - Legislators in Massachusetts

6/15/2012


Dear Legislators in Massachusetts,


The time has come once again where you all are called upon to help the people in Massachusetts. April 30, 2010 Massachusetts was recognized for passing the countries best anti-bullying law. Phoebe Prince, 15, from South Hadley and Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, 11, from Springfield, were the reasons why.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/bulle/2010/04/bullies_beware.html

My name is Neal W. Dias, a father of five, and a former honorable discharged U.S. Marine, , whom resides in Swansea Massachusetts.

Today, we are seeing too many unnecessary deaths and violence on Corporate America. It is too late, when one goes into a company and harms or kills our citizens. It is too late to say sorry to their families. It’s too late to wonder why and how could have this been prevented. These people that have been pushed to the limit, and turned to violence, I strongly believe, growing up did not choose this to be the ending of their stories to their lives. I believe that they never really wanted to hard their former employees, but felt they had no choice as they were pushed too far. This does not make it right, but it is reality and it is sad. I am so saddened each time is see these victims and their families suffering on television or in the papers, when I know it could have been prevented. I know, first hand how companies ignore and protect their own, as it has happened to me at Verizon. I know as I saw bullies harm other employees, and I tried to protect them, but was only targeted and retaliated on for doing so. I know the hell that my family has gone through when, there is no one to help me seek justice or protect me, when I was being victimized.

Just like bullies in schools, there are bullies in workplaces, and they have no where to turn for help. There are no laws to protect them, and just like Verizon their “No Tolerance Policy,” is just black ink.

Verizon responded on an official document from a state / federal investigation, performed by The Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination / Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on my complaint of discrimination, harassment and retaliation in May of 2007, as they stated: “The investigation yielded 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 comes in contact with. McGovern (an EEO Officer in Boston Massachusetts for Verizon) 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.

These managers were never fired, or disciplined for their acts of these crimes.
The emotional trauma an adult goes through when being a target and victim of workplace bullying is beyond explainable. No definition can ever express the torment and the emotional distress one feels to have been a victim of this abuse. Even worse, the amount of time, work and expense it takes to seek justice internally and externally is beyond disbelief, especially when you go up against a company like Verizon.

Verizon and their Attorneys from Edwards, Angell, Palmer and Dodge from Boston, advised me to my face that: I will never see justice, as Verizon has endless resources, and even if I ever win in court, (which they highly doubt because of the new judge that is assigned to my case, will never allow this case to go to trial, because this judge does not favor discrimination and wrongful termination cases), they will tie me up in court with appeals, so I will never see a dime or receive justice!

Most employees, like myself never wanted to file suit, to resolve their workplace issues, they just want these issues resolved, so they can go to work and support their families. But they do not deserve to victimize once again while fighting for justice.

Because Verizon has power and money, this should never determine justice.

Eight years later, I am heading a national campaign to stop workplace bullying called, “Enough is Enough – Stop Workplace Bullying.” Eight years later I am asking you, the decision makers in Massachusetts to help to pass the “Healthy Workplace Bill” that will help each ADULT citizen in Massachusetts, the right to be respected and treated with dignity. This law is not about lawsuits, it’s about protection from Adult Bullies within all of your communities.

I have had the opportunity to speak to hundreds and received emails, blogs responses and calls from thousands who need help all over the country. They are begging for hope, they are begging for answers, and they are begging for a law that will protect them from further abuse.

We can, in Massachusetts set another record by getting this, “Healthy Workplace Bill” passed through the 3rd reading, and onto the floor for a vote. We need to get this to the Governor Deval Patrick’s desk this year.

Please take the time to read my edited story below and the attachments as well.

Thank you,

Neal W. Dias
Fightingfor7years@hotmail.com
774-319-3931

Neal W. Dias - Verizon H8er ID: A3DB9D



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