London, Oct 29 (ANI: A 57-year-old saleswoman from California, who won a whopping 1.4 million dollars from her ex-employers after being spanked during a company team-building exercise, finally has the right to get paid.
Janet Orlando was a saleswoman for an Anaheim-based security company when she claimed she was continuously sexually harassed four years ago.
She sued the company and a jury awarded her 1.7 million dollars against Alarm One Inc., in April 2006, but she was not entitled to the settlement.
The company and its insurance carries agreed to a settlement figure of 1.4 million but later declined to pay saying the deal with dependent on finding a bank willing to finance it.
Alarm One Inc., appealed but jurors hearing the retrial deliberated for less than an hour and found Alarm One, Carolina Casualty Insurance and Monitor Liability Managers Inc. in breach of their contract with Orlando and have ordered them to pay her the million dollar sum.
Orlando's lawyer Nicholas Wagner said that because Alarm One has now gone bankrupt, Carolina Casualty might be left paying most of the bill.
"They made a middle-aged woman go in front of mostly male co-workers between the ages of 18 and 24, bend over, put her hands on the wall and spanked her with a metal sign," the Daily Mail quoted Wagner as saying.
Orlando cried as the verdict was announced in Judge Donald Black's courtroom in Fresno, California. Outside court she described the case as being like a sexual assault.
"You feel like they just keep raping you and raping you. It's almost like they are doing it on purpose," she said. (ANI)