Now THAT is a spanking!
A great article from Workforce.com gives a taste of some of the evidence in the case along with some interesting interview snippets from the company's CEO and defense attorney. ______________PREVIOUS ENTRY_____________________Janet Orlando quit her job at the home security company Alarm One Inc. and sued, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. Closing arguments were held this week in the case in which the plaintiff is seeking $1.2 million in damages for workplace spankings.According to the story at CNN, 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. According to the article, Ms. Orlando's lawyer said the following in closing arguments:
"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."
Bottom line is this, these types of games just don't belong in the modern workplace. I personally guarantee this company will discontinue its spanking fun regardless of whether or not it gets tagged by the jury in this case. With litigation expenses and lost time costs considered, a win in court is really only slightly better than a loss. The only true victory for a company in the employment law setting is to avoid litigation in the first place.Categories: