Friday, April 28, 2006

The Beatings Will Continue Until Moral Improves

Woman sues over 'motivational' spankings
Alarm One's lawyers say the paddling with a competitor's sign was done to build camaraderie among the sales team.
By Pablo Lopez
The Fresno Bee

FRESNO A former Fresno alarm systems company saleswoman who was spanked by her supervisors while her co-workers watched and jeered wants money for her humiliation. Alarm One Inc.'s lawyers say the spankings --with a competitor's yard sign -- were done in fun to build camaraderie among the sales force and that there was no intent to hurt employees. Janet Orlando, 53, says she was so embarrassed by her three spankings that she quit her job as field supervisor in February 2003. She's now in Fresno County Superior Court in a civil trial, alleging discrimination, assault, battery and infliction of emotional distress. Alarm One's lawyers say Orlando voluntarily quit after five months at the company and that she was a willing participant in the spankings. They say the practice wasn't discriminatory because supervisors spanked both male and female employees. Testimony in Fresno County Superior Court Judge Wayne Ellison's courtroom was expected to wrap up Monday. After closing arguments, a jury of six men and six women will decide the case. A key issue is Orlando's credibility. She has testified that she is a recovering prescription drug addict who has been arrested twice for shoplifting. Alarm One, based in Anaheim, has more than 300 employees who provide sales, installation, service and alarm monitoring to thousands of families across the United States, the company's Web site says. Court records say the company's motivational practices began in the Hayward office, where sales teams competed, with the winners poking fun at the losers. The conduct included throwing pies at the losers, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks with a competitor's yard sign. The practices extended to the Fresno branch soon after it opened in July 2003. The spankings ceased in early 2004 after corporate officials learned that another employee complained of being injured, court records show.

Now I have been involved in the "down the street" sales game for over 15 years. The kind of sales game where you when you walk into an office they have a sign stating "We shoot every third sales person, the second one just left".
I have seen some crazy ass ways of motivating sales people, from new cars, trading Rolex's and winning bags (& I mean bags) of cash to suffering the humiliation of eating hotdogs and beans while the rest of the office feasts on steak.
I have also been exposed to various team building exercises from the likes of Ken Blanchard, Zig Ziglar and Tony Robbins. They all have some value, some worth, as well they should for what these guys charged for them.
But I have never been spanked (while sober and not having to pay for it) since I left home.
I think that our Miss Janet probably deserves a check for what she went through and they should kick a few dollars to her co-workers for having to watch a 50 year old get spanked.
Doesn't anybody just play paintball in order to build camaraderie?

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