DIGNITY AFTER FOOTBALL
VALERIE THOMAS IS A FORMER
READ VALERIE'S STORY AS TOLD TO DAF
THIS STORY IS HEARTBREAKING, BUT NOT SURPRISING FROM THIS NFLPA THUGOCRACY...WHAT IS SURPRISING IS TO FIND OUT IT IS NOT JUST THE "OLD-TIMERS" ON THE FIELD, BUT THEIR OWN EMPLOYEES WHO GET THIS SHOCKINGLY DESPICABLE TREATMENT. BULLIES.
THANK YOU VALERIE FOR BRAVELY SHARING YOUR STORY. NOW, WE NEED ALL PLAYERS AND WIVES TO HAVE VALERIE'S COURAGE AND TO "SHINE THE LIGHT OF TRUTH" ON THIS OUTRAGEOUS ORGANIZATION, NFLPA
TELL YOUR STORIES
PLEASE SEND US YOUR "TRUTHS", LET'S END THIS MESS! THOUSANDS OF FORMER PLAYERS, AND THE COURAGEOUS VALERIE THOMAS, NEED YOU ALL TO STEP UP AND SPEAK UP
The following is protected by the 1st Amendment Freedom on Speech and applicable state statues of Whistle Blowers Act of 2007, and under Congressional law, the applicable Freedom of Information Act, ACLU and other applicable laws, even those not available to be listed at this time. DAF Staff.
Nov, 4, 2007
I am a former employee of the NFLPA (1983-1988 and 1999-2003). I worked in the Special Events/Licensing (1 yr), Research(4 yrs), Legal Departments (4 yrs) and the Financial Advisors Program (detail 6 moher action. I would not accept intimidation and pursued my rights. 10 years of administrative and legal maneuvers followed. I was reinstated to my job in 1997 - NFLPA refused and in 1999 I returned via court order. I worked on the 7th floor but could only get access up to the 6th floor because the NFLPA refused to give me an elevator key and office keys.
Thus, I was required to walk up the public stairwell without a choice for approx. 20 months. (morning, noon and afternoons) I received an e-mail that the reason for no keys was because of my Title VII litigation and union activity.
I was fired in 2003 after my mother died suddenly and unexpectedly. NFLPA mgt. actually expected me to call or come to work on the day of the funeral.
You will be astonished to hear the details of my plight. They sued my 1st arbitrator and boycott the hearing.
NFLPA mgt. refused to honor the decision and retaliated against me through work conditions, monetary considerations, etc. (judge, jury, prosecutor) The 2nd arbitrator was the former executive secretary and past chairman of the NLRB. The NFLPA has the largest settlement against the NFL in the history of the NLRB. NFLPA mgt. and its representatives distorted the truth during arbitration, to EEOC and the US District Court. NFLPA mgt. denied receiving documents that I had confirmation receipts, denied receiving phone calls that I have phone records ofs.)
I have been involved in 20 years of litigation with the NFLPA regarding Title VII violations and Union activity. In 1988 I was reduced in force and told that I would be fired if I filed grievances or took ot, distorted the context of conversations - that I have documentation for, disparaged the reputations of the arbitrator, medical professional, sued and taxed the finances of the union that represented the staff and burdened the attorneys that represented me. Thereby stressing my relationships with my own representatives.
Effectuated unfavorable decisions against me through unfathomable misrepresentations. I was entitled to Family Medical Leave but received no assistance during my family crises. I was fired for excessive and unexcused absences when my job should have been protected like the professional organizations that extended that consideration to my 3 siblings.
It's no wonder that I didn't have permission to deal with my loss and overwhelming grief. I didn't have the NFLPA's permission to return to work in 1999.
In Feb. 2002, until satisfaction thereof, the NFLPA had to pay over $400,000 in Title VII fees to my attorney (not me). My firing in April 2003, and the subsequent fiascos - grievance meetings, arbitration, EEOC and Federal Court - were done in retaliation and were discriminatory.
The actions that I have experienced are unethical and unprofessional at best and at worst - well look at how you all and Congress are being treated. Deja vu.
Litigation is pending - the judge allowed discovery, subpoenas were issued, deposition was held, status - waiting for trial date. The union (Local 2) is not responding.
I am not surprised by their exodus - after all - how could this union have allowed me to walk up a public stairwell for 20 months?
Regretfully submitted, I hope to have a favorable resolve to the moral indignation that I have experienced from this "professional and caring" organization. NFLPA mgt. has spent money in order to destroy my life. It is vindictive and unacceptable.
I returned to work at the NFLPA with the expectations of professionalism. NFLPA mgt. purposely created a hostile environment.
As an educated, professional and Christian person, I put my best foot forward in spite of being ostracized and sequestrated. My career in sports and union affiliations have been derailed.
I have a Bachelor degree in Spanish and French, Master degree in Urban Planning, Paralegal certificate and years of experience in many areas. I am a wife and mother of two children (11 and 15).
Your support is welcome.
Valeries statements are protected by law, constitution, and blessings from those who have prayed for her protection and your prayers to the All Mighty God. Amen. [god speed - DAF]
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