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Apr 27th, 2006, 02:01 PM
Spanked employee seeks $1.2 million
Alarm company says it was part of a team-building exercise

Thursday, April 27, 2006; Posted: 1:25 a.m. EDT (05:25 GMT)

Plaintiff Janet Orlando leaves court during a break Wednesday.

FRESNO, California (AP) -- Lawyers for a woman spanked in front of co-workers as part of what her employer said was a team-building exercise asked a jury Wednesday for at least $1.2 million for the humiliation she says she suffered.

Janet Orlando, 53, quit her job at the home security company Alarm One Inc. and sued, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress.

Employees were paddled with rival companies' yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, according to court documents. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks.

"No reasonable middle-aged woman would want to be put up there before a group of young men, turned around to show her buttocks, get spanked and called abusive names, and told it was to increase sales and motivate employees," her lawyer, Nicholas "Butch" Wagner, said in his closing argument.

Lawyers for Alarm One, which is based in Anaheim, California, and has 300 employees, said the spankings were part of a voluntary program to build camaraderie and were not discriminatory because they were given to both male and female workers.

"This is being done for one reason and one reason only -- money," said K. Poncho Baker, the company's lawyer.

Alarm One officials ceased the practice in 2004, the year Orlando sued, after another employee complained of being injured, according to court records.

Lord Nelson
Apr 27th, 2006, 02:48 PM
Yeah I am sure she was distressed. If that was the case she could have easily said no. But she is bright. She realised that she could sue them and played the game and now may end up with millions.

Apr 27th, 2006, 02:54 PM
A team-building exercise leads to an employee suing the team for $1.2 million.


Apr 27th, 2006, 02:59 PM
The company really couldn't foresee this happening with those kinds of "team-building exercises?" Not smart.

Yay for frivolous lawsuits :rolleyes:. Maybe I should start suing every time someone makes me "emotionally distressed," too.

Apr 27th, 2006, 03:39 PM
How stoopid can this company be to have such a "team building" exercise in the wake of sensitivity to sexual harrassment complaints these dayz.

They deserved to get sued...and hopefully they pay dearly for it.

Sounds like someone in upper management has a spanking fetish.