A California appeals court overturned a $1.5 million verdict awarded to a woman who was spanked in front of co-workers. Her employers called it team-building exercise. She called it sexual harassment. In 2006, a jury agreed and punished the company with a $1 million punitive damage award.

But this week a state appeals court overturned the verdict. Why? Because the judge didnít properly instruct the jury on the relevant issue: Was she spanked because she was a woman? The company, Alarm One, had argued since it spanked both male and female employees, there was no harassment. The spanking was part of a team building exercise for its sales force ó winners also reported made the losers wear diapers and fed them baby food.

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