A 53-year-old woman is suing her former employer because she was spanked with a yard sign on three separate occasions in front of her jeering co-workers.
Janet Orlando is seeking damages from Alarm One Inc. for assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress.
Court records indicate the spankings were a part of motivational practices that originated in Alarm One's Hayward, California, office and spread to the company's Fresno office, where Orlando worked, soon after it opened in July 2003, the Fresno Bee reports.
The motivational tactics included having sales teams compete, 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 Bee reports.
During the spankings, the sales force hooted and heckled with such comments as "Bend over, baby" and "You've been a bad girl," according to court documents.
The spankings were discontinued in early 2004 after company officials learned that another employee complained of being injured, according to court records.
At trial, currently underway in Fresno County Superior Court, Orlando's former supervisor testified that Orlando was a willing participant in the motivational meetings, and that she never complained about being spanked.
The former supervisor, Nina Correia, testified last week that Orlando had fun at the meetings and also used foul language when other people got spanked. Correia said Orlando abruptly quit the company because she was passed over for promotion, not because she was spanked.