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Janet Orlando, a woman who was initially awarded $1.5 million in sexual harassment damages because she was spanked at work, might not get the loot after all. The verdict was overturned by the California Court of Appeal because Orlando was spanked as part of a "camaraderie-building" exercise along with other male and female sales staff at the home security company Alarm One Inc. According to CBS News, "Employees were paddled with rival companies' yard signs as part of a contest that pitted sales teams against one another. The winners poked fun at the losers, throwing pies at them, feeding them baby food, making them wear diapers and swatting their buttocks." Orlando quit after a year at this Fresno-based company because of humiliation. Shocker here: The company no longer plays these "trust building" games. [ CBS News]

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It's victim-blaming day on Jezebel! Hooray!

@stripy_socks: Right, because how dare someone be offended by spankings and forced infantilization. OMG PRUDE. I tell you what, if I don't want to participate in someone's adult baby fantasy play, it must be because I'm one of those humorless feminists or something.

@SinisterRouge: Okay, so basically what you just did there was dismiss all victims of sexual harassment because they don't walk out on their jobs. I can't imagine that she participated because, you know, she felt pressured by her peers and the possible threat of losing her job, or anything that might make it just a little bit difficult to act in the approved kickass-bitch fashion. Nah, she's clearly just a dumb doormat.