Thursday, April 27, 2006

Bosses Behaving Badly

Just when I think people can’t get any more ridiculous, somebody comes along and proves me wrong. Alarm One, a home security company based in Fresno California, just got sued for spanking an employee.

“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.”

Did someone forget to tell these guys that hazing went out with the eighties? Jeesh, what kind of morons still believe they can motivate employees through ridicule and humiliation?

“Lawyers for Alarm One, an Anaheim-based, 300-employee company, said the spankings were part of a voluntary program to build camaraderie and were not discriminatory because they were given to both male and female workers.”

Well, I certainly feel better now that I know they brutalize both their male and female employees! Which group of employees were getting those warm, fuzzy feelings of camaraderie, the taunters or the tauntees? Ignorant bunch of sadists.

Most alarming, who is so desperate for employment that they would put up with this kind of treatment? I don’t know which group to be more horrified of: the people willing to spank, taunt and ridicule another person, or the ones who stood and took it.

White supremacists, people who run puppy mills, people that make chickens fight, most politicians and now the owners and “winning” team of Alarm One… shame on you.


land.downunder said...

With no intent to upsetting some very dear friends.
Things like is is what makes the rest of the world say
"only in America"

Dale said...

This is ridiculous, shame on everyone involved. Especially on those who participated in a voluntary program and then decided their humiliation was cause for litigation.

Kat Campbell said...

Excellent point. I'm trying to imagine hearing this plan and not going completely postal before the "contest" even started.