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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Inappropriate Company Behavior Not Best Format For Team Motivation

You might want to check you employee handbook for clarification on inappropriate behavior. Apparently, getting a spanking in front of your coworkers can be considered embarrassing to some employees.

The spankings were a part of a voluntary team building program for the sales teams at Alarm One Inc., a home security company based in Anaheim, California, and were given to all workers indiscriminately--both male and female--along with wearing diapers, throwing pies and calling each other losers.

The spanking in question went to 53-year-old Janet Orlando, who quit her job after the exercise, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. She is suing for at least $1.2 million, and as her lawyer said in closing arguements:

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.

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

- Spanked employee seeks $1.2 million (CNN)

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