FRESNO, Calif. - A saleswoman who was spanked in front of her co-workers as part of what her employer said was a camaraderie-building exercise will get $1.7 million in damages.You gotta be kidding me. 1.7 MILLION, because she was humiliated?? Where do people get their huge freakin' EGOS? In my life, I've ridden a real fire-breathing, pissed-off bull, (and was thrown off in 1.2 seconds) worn a dress at a live broadcast, I have a 16-year-old daughter, and for chrissake, I've failed at marriage THREE times. And that's just scratching the surface of my personal and professional humiliation.
Granted, I did most of these things willingly, but come on. If companies were liable for these kinds of damages based on personal humiliation, the catholic church would/should be bankrupt.
More of the story:
Jurors first awarded her $500,000 to compensate her for emotional distress, pain, suffering, past economic losses and future medical costs. They then added $1.2 million in punitive damages.Huh? I can maybe see the first half-MILLION (probably more than she'd make in 10 years) for emotional distress and past economic losses... but how many future medical costs can she possibly have from being spanked by a flimsy little yard sign? Frankly, I'd like to see pictures of the "damage." (wink nudge)
Then, the jury adds 1.2 MILLION more in punitive damage???
Okay, this is a great example of why our court system is the laughing stock of the world. Americans are being made millionaires based on being humiliated. I am POSITIVE this will be overturned by appeal.
Employees were paddled with rival companies' yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against each other, according to court documents. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks. "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," her lawyer, Nicholas "Butch" Wagner, said in his closing argument on Wednesday.Don't misunderstand. I think the company is STUPID for fostering such activities. There is nothing motivating about being paddled and forced to wear diapers. (although a good paddling can be... well, ya know what - never mind) The manager that developed the strategy should be fired, and the company should pay a price for this mistake. She could have refused to participate, but I understand social pressures, especially if you feel your livlihood hangs in the balance.
But 1.7 MILLION dollars? Shit, if being humiliated is worth 1.7, I'm sitting on at least a BIL. Drinks are on me!