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#1 Hum

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 14:15

Harvey Palacio was at work at the Intel plant in Rio Rancho, New Mexico when he became the target of a classic prank, a “Kick Me” sign on his back.

As reported by KRQE News 13, the prank led to Intel HR and police involvement in September 2012, followed by a federal lawsuit when Palacio claimed that coworkers kicked him after one placed the sign on his back.

When Palacio suspected something, he asked Randy Lehman, an Intel senior staffer if something was on his back.

According to the lawsuit, "Lehman said turn around and as Palacio did he saw and heard (another employee) yell out 'Don't read it, just do it'."

Court documents state that Lehman then kicked Palacio three times in the buttocks.

After that, another coworker, Chris Zeltinger, was asked to help remove the sign, but instead kicked Palacio twice.

The lawsuit stated that, "Palacio felt demoralized and assaulted and he began to cry during the drive home.

He could not tell his wife because he was so embarrassed and ashamed." Lehman and Zeltinger were eventually fired, convicted of petty misdemeanor battery and ordered to perform 16 hours of community service.

Lehman’s attorney, Diego Esquibel, apologized on his client’s behalf saying that he, “Is truly sorry for any shame, sadness or pain the victim felt and his actions were never meant to cause any of those things." Zeltinger did not comment.

Palacio, a 19 year Intel employee, said that he faced abuse for months.

He claimed the coworker pranks included repeatedly filling his work bag with trash and hiding his clean room suit that he needed to complete his job.

The lawsuit against Intel claims that Palacio was the victim of a pattern of racially motivated bullying because he is Filipino, and the company allowed the harassment to go on causing emotional distress.

A spokesperson for Intel said that the company is reviewing the lawsuit and did not want to comment further.

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#2 Sandor

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 14:30

Most work places have pretty clear harassment policies that will lead to dismissal for this sort of thing. Not sure about the need for criminal convictions though.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 14:35

He.... probably had an AMD processor.... not too different to what you can see on internet.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 15:35

I wouldn't think a big company like Intel would tolerate this childishness for 5 minutes.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 15:58

And so they should. Physical assaults and bullying should be a no tolerance issue in any workplace, it's not a joke and it isn't funny.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:14

I work for a multi-billion dollar company.
Someone does something stupid.
I cry and act all torn up.
Sue for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Profit.

What a cry baby.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:22

A "kick me" sign? Really? The guy who pinned the sign should have been fired on the spot for behavior that wouldn't have been tolerated in a middle school, let alone a company with $120 billion market cap.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:22

I work for a multi-billion dollar company.
Someone does something stupid.
I cry and act all torn up.
Sue for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Profit.

What a cry baby.


What's worse is he at first tolerated it, then cried about it once he lost control of the situation, someone tries a "prank" like that one me and we both get fired, me for decking the person, the prankster for assaulting me, would never go past the first incident

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:30

I work for a multi-billion dollar company.
Someone does something stupid.
I cry and act all torn up.
Sue for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Profit.

What a cry baby.


Having allowed this case to go public shows a complete lack of judgment on Intel's part, and having hired childish morons that engaged in such antics in the first shows that there's a pattern in bad decision-making. Intel deserves whatever it sows. All the more power to the guy filing the suit. I hope Intel gets its ass kicked in court.

And this is coming from someone that buys Intel processors exclusively. I most certainly will consider AMD in the future.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 16:42

What's worse is he at first tolerated it, then cried about it once he lost control of the situation, someone tries a "prank" like that one me and we both get fired, me for decking the person, the prankster for assaulting me, would never go past the first incident


Where are you getting this idea that he "tolerated it"?

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 01:27

Someone in management wasn't doing their job. We wouldn't have tolerated that for 30 seconds at my work place.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:02

HAHAHAHAHAHAHHA, are you kidding me? Suing because of a kick me sign? Please deposit your balls and pick up a vagina.

I'm not saying that management shouldn't have stopped it. It's all a bit childish for work, but really, does everything have to be a lawsuit these days?

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:20

What a crock!! This guy is a real sissy, he needs to grow a pair.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:46

Hmmm, facepalm incoming.

Suing because of a kick me sign? Really?
Christ....

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 21:57

I work for a multi-billion dollar company.
Someone does something stupid.
I cry and act all torn up.
Sue for $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Profit.

What a cry baby.


Yes how dare he. If everyone in the world just put up with bullying and physical abuse we'd be so much better off!

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