Ex-Giants employee suing team over ‘culture of violence’

A video director for the New York Giants claims he was fired in retaliation for reporting that his instant supervisor attacked an underling – contributing to a “pattern and culture of violence in the workplace.”

New Jersey resident David Maltese, a former 30-year employee of the soccer team, alleges within the swimsuit filed Thursday in New Jersey Superior Court that he had “personally been victimized by the culture of violence in the Giants’ workplace.”

Maltese claims within the courtroom paperwork that he witnessed his instant supervisor, Tyseer Siam – the director of soccer knowledge and innovation for the Giants —  assault one of Maltese’ subordinates, Steven Venditti, on September 12, 2020.

The swimsuit says that Maltese was terminated in March with out purpose after he reported the incident – in violation of New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act.

When Maltese complained in regards to the incident to higher administration, he identified that Siam “had engaged in threatening behavior toward” him and that “Siam’s violence was just a recent example of a pervasive and continuing pattern and culture of violence in the workplace by Giants’ management toward subordinates,” the swimsuit prices.

Maltese claims in the lawsuit that former Giants assistant coach Dave DeGuglielmo (above) tackled and threatened him in 2004.
Maltese claims within the lawsuit that former Giants assistant coach Dave DeGuglielmo (above) tackled and threatened him in 2004.
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At the time, Maltese “reminded” William Heller, the Giants’ senior vp and normal counsel – and a defendant within the lawsuit – that in his profession he had been “physically attacked” by the Giants’ former video director John Mancuso, the courtroom papers say.

Additionally, Maltese claims within the swimsuit that he additionally reported a December 2004 incident wherein he says former assistant coach Dave DeGuglielmo “ragefully tackled” Maltese, “driving him into a table while screaming, ‘I am going to kill you.’”

The swimsuit says the assault occurred in entrance of gamers, coaches and Chris Mara, the Giants senior vp of participant personnel.

“Defendants took no disciplinary action against DeGuglielmo and thereby endorsed and condoned a culture of violence in the Giants’ workplace,” the lawsuit states.

Chris Mara, the Giants senior vice president of player personnel, allegedly witnessed the attack from DeGuglielmo and didn't discipline him afterwards.
Chris Mara, the Giants senior vp of participant personnel, allegedly witnessed the assault from DeGuglielmo and didn’t self-discipline him afterwards.
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The swimsuit notes following the assault towards Venditti, Maltese had expressed issues in an electronic mail that Venditti was to be seated subsequent to Siam on an upcoming team flight to Chicago. Heller accused Maltese of “trying to set us [the Giants] up” and “writing for the record,” the swimsuit says.

During a Sept. 30 assembly, in keeping with the swimsuit, Heller said that if Maltese revealed what was mentioned of their conferences to individuals who weren’t an element of them, “I will personally go into your office and strangle you until you can no longer breathe, ok? OK?”

“At the time Defendant Heller made that threat of physical violence, he was well aware that Plaintiff had a history of traumatization having been subject over the years to violent attacks by Giants’ managers and executives,” the lawsuit says.

The swimsuit seeks financial damages for “pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and personal physical injury and physical sickness, medical expenses, as well as damage to his reputation and loss of income.”

A rep for the Giants didn’t instantly return a request for remark by The Post Thursday.

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