By JULIANA BARBASSA, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
(04-26) 17:07 PDT Fresno, Calif. (AP) --
A saleswoman who was spanked in front of her co-workers as part of what her employer said was a camaraderie-building exercise sat quietly in a courtroom Wednesday as lawyers gave closing arguments at her civil trial.
Janet Orlando, 53, is seeking at least $1.2 million in damages for the embarrassment she said she suffered at the hands of her employer, Alarm One Inc. during the spankings. She quit her job in Fresno and sued in 2004, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress.
"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," said her lawyer, Nicholas "Butch" Wagner.
Lawyers for Alarm One, an Anaheim-based 300-employee security alarm system company, said the spankings were part of a voluntary program to build employee 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.
The paddlings using competitors' yard signs began as a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, with winners poking fun at the losers, according to court documents. The conduct included throwing pies at the losers, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks.
Alarm One officials ceased the practice in the same year Orlando sued after another employee complained of being injured, according to court records.
2. Lawyers named Nicholas "Butch" Wagner and K. Poncho Baker.
3. "No reasonable middle-aged woman would want..."
4. Folks, nonconsensual diaper play is not an accepted motivational technique.
5. I wonder what the nature of the other "injury" was?