Regular blog readers know we love to battle the trial bar and in almost every case, we side with the lowly and downtrodden employer, but this one is a little wacky:
A California woman sued her employer for $1.2 million in damages for being spanked. That’s right, spanked. We’ll let you find your own link to your preferred spanking site. Apparently one Mrs. Janet Orlando was the loser in a sales contest (we guess so!) between her company and a competitor. The winners of the contest, reports Julianna Barbassa in this AP story, “Poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks.” Crikey! What happened to good old fashioned firing?
Said Mrs. Orlando’s attorney, “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.” Why indeed would anyone want this kind of abuse at the office when they can get it at home? Or did we miss the point?
In any event, in an effort to keep both you regular blog readers up to date on the latest workplace trends, we wanted to let you know of this development. Might be time to write that “no spanking” policy into the manual.
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