Spanking Victim Suit Winner Nabbed for Petty Theft

September 14, 2006 ( - A California woman who walked away with a $1.7-million jury verdict in an unusual case involving allegations of on-the-job spanking has had new legal troubles.

A report on the Web site of California TV station KSFN-TV said court records show Janet Orlando has pled no contest to a petty theft charge.

According to the report, the charge relates to shoplifting allegations at a  Fresno supermarket made less than two months after she won the jury verdict. Orlando sued her former employer, Alarm One, alleging that she was spanked with a yard sign on three separate occasions in front of jeering co-workers (See Jury Awards $1.7M to Victim of ‘Motivational’ Spanking ).   

The company would have sales teams compete with the winners poking fun at the losers, according to a news report. Tactics included throwing pies at the losers, making them eat baby food, making them wear diapers and spanking them with a competitor’s yard sign

Alarm One officials contended that  Orlando was a willing participant during the meetings and never complained about being spanked.The jury’s award included $500,000 in compensatory damages and $1.2 million in punitive damages.