Left speechless

Mar 18 2008 by Derek Torres Print This Article

In one of the more remarkable stories that I've written about (and I don't mean that in a positive way), comes a tale from the great state of California, where a woman recently sued over habitual spankings at work.

Yes, that's right. A 52-year old woman recently took her employer to court for their penchant of spanking employees who were "late or spoke out of turn." During these spankings, the spanker would shower the employee with color gender-oriented epithets that I won't repeat in this post.

Um, hello? What year is this?

The company, Alarm One, justified this type of pathetic behavior because they applied punishment equally to men and women.

Obviously they didn't have the most brilliant legal minds in their corporate counsel, because it's hard to imagine that any legal team would advise corporal punishment for any sort of infraction.

What's even more ridiculous is that the company asserted that employees were willful participants in the spankings. What a moronic statement Ė talk about blaming the victim! That logic is akin to saying that a rape victim "was asking for it"!

There's really not a lot more to say about this story other than that it is making its way through the legal system. The original jury found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded her $1.5 million. That was overturned in appeal, and it's not clear what the plaintiff intended to do afterwards. But you can guess that it was a legal technicality that caused the appeal and not a judiciary approval for corporal punishment in the workplace.