Former New York Giants video director sues organization over workplace violence involving other employees

A civil lawsuit has been filed against the New York Giants by their former video director in the fallout following an alleged physical altercation involving two other employees at the team’s facilities.

Dave Maltese was fired in March for what the prosecution describes as “retaliation” in violation of CEPA, New Jersey’s whistleblower law. He claims this was the result of the complaint and report he filed following an alleged physical assault and attack that he witnessed by the current chief data and innovation officer of the Giants football, Ty Siam, against assistant video director Steven Venditti.

Siam is known to be the head of the Giants’ analysis department, and has been praised several times over the past 16 months by general manager Dave Gettleman for his work.

But Maltese also claimed in the complaint filed in New Jersey Superior Court, Bergen County, that Siam had engaged in threatening behavior towards him and that there was a pervasive and continuing pattern and culture of violence. in the workplace from Giants management.

The lawsuit also mentions a physical attack on Maltese by former video director John Mancuso and another incident in 2004 where he claims he was “tackled with rage” by former assistant coach Dave DeGuglielmo.

The most recent alleged incident between Siam and Venditti occurred in September. Maltese said he reported it to senior officials later today.

At a meeting later in the week, Maltese says senior vice president and general counsel William J. Heller adopted a tone that was threatening and retaliatory and strongly suggested he was developing a “performance problem” like pretext for his dismissal.

The lawsuit says the plaintiff was told that Siam, who was promoted to his current position last July according to a team press release, would be given a different position within the Giants’ organization. He would no longer supervise the video room, but was neither suspended nor fired. Siam’s title, however, has not changed, according to the team’s website.

Maltese seeks economic damages for lost wages, fringe benefits, retirement and pension plans. He also seeks compensatory damages for pain, suffering, stress, humiliation, mental anguish, emotional harm and bodily injury and physical illness, medical costs as well as damage to his reputation and loss of reception resulting from the situation in addition to the lawyer and the court. the costs resulting from the case.

The Giants declined to comment on the lawsuit when contacted by ESPN.

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