A CEO was the main instigator of his company's ritual of a mock "weighing-in ceremony," in which unsuspecting new workers were paddled with a carpenter's level. The CEO ignored the CFO's advice to stop the hazing. One new hire, Franklin Smith, didn't find it funny. He sued for battery and a jury awarded him $1 million in punitive damages, later reduced to $136,000. (Smith v. Phillips Getschow Co., No. 99-2711-FT, Wis. Ct. of Ap., 2000)
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