Skip to comments.Report: Employee Lawsuit Alleges Company Used Waterboarding to Motivate Workers
Posted on 02/29/2008 12:33:46 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick
A supervisor at a motivational coaching business in Utah allegedly used waterboarding on a member of his sales team to motivate staff, according to a lawsuit filed by an employee, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Chad Hudgens, a former salesman for Prosper, Inc., in Provo, Utah, alleges his manager, Joshua Christopherson, asked him to lie on a hill before he poured water from a gallon jug into Hudgens' mouth and nostrils as other sales staff held him down, the paper reports. "At the conclusion of his abusive demonstration, Christopherson told the team that he wanted them to work as hard on making sales as Chad had worked to breathe while he was being waterboarded," the paper said the suit alleges. The lawsuit was filed in January. Company President Dave Ellis told the Salt Lake Tribune that the allegations were "sensationalized" and uncorroborated by co-workers regarding the May incident. "They just roll their eyes and say, 'This is ridiculous. ... That's not how it went down,'" Ellis told the paper. Hudgens' suit claims the manager "intentionally engaged in physically and emotionally abusive conduct" to punish workers who did not meet company performance goals, the paper said.
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Looks like waterboarding provides incentive too... :-)
Then why didn't he get up and beat the crap out of his manager? No job is worth that much 'abuse' if it really is considered torture.
I don’t know about this new-fangled torture, I’d rather keep to the ol’ “pull out the fingernails with pliers” routine. Most employees just kinda shrug off the waterboarding anyways.
I am so sending this to our sales manager. (thankfully I don't work in sales)
And my employees think they are being tortured when they are required to show up at 8:00 am.
When “team-building” outings go horribly wrong.
I mean, jeez, all we did at our big team-building outing when I was with AT&T was get wasted and cause $1500 damage to the hotel and conference center...
Yeah, that would provide incentive for me...to head for the nearest exit from that company.
Just because a person asks you to do something doesn’t mean you should do it. Shouldn’t people learn that in the 2nd grade?
This title of this motivational technique must be, “How to foment the next mass office killing.”
The waterboarding will continue until morale improves.
Hi! I’ve worked in a place that was far worse, on a daily basis, than some mere waterboarding.
Gee, what is the guy complaining about! Our last boss used to blindfold us and use hot water. At least he said it was hot water. Well, it was hot ... and wet
Waterboarding. Sounds like a sport, you know? Like, you waterboard behind a boat while they tow you along.
You think this is bad? I remember those offsite meetings at a place called the Guantanamo Conference Center...
I’ve had some doozies, but not that bad.
I remember meeting you at CPAC some years back, it’s good to see you here again.
How is this not Scrappleface.
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