Woman says she was fired for refusing Scientology
She claims she was forced to take religious courses that included screaming at ashtrays and staring at co-workers.
In just about any workplace in America, these would be considered unchecked hostility issues worthy of a visit with the human resources rep and, maybe, a bump in the company medical plan's mental health coverage.
At Florida's Dynamic Medical Services, that's just part of the Scientology-based status quo, according to a complaint filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission earlier this month.
Rommy Sanchez, whom Dynamic is accused of firing after she stopped attending the Church of Scientology, completed enough company-mandated courses to be taken to the church by a fellow Dynamic employee. Those "courses" are where all the shoving, prolonged staring and ashtray screaming came in.
After completing those tasks, Sanchez was also required to connect herself to an electro-psycho-meter, or "e-meter," and take a "purification course" that consisted of jogging on a treadmill and taking 20 pills she was told were "vitamins," according to the complaint. When she wanted to quit, the Dynamic employee who ran the courses "tried to convince her that the course was good for her, that it would change her mind and detox her."
The EEOC is seeking back pay for Sanchez and another employee who was fired for refusing to participate, as well as compensation for any workers who were subjected to Dynamic Medical's "hostile work environment."
Beatriz Biscardi, an attorney representing the employees, told The Huffington Post that the employees were clear that the courses were associated with Scientology. Dynamic issued a statement denying the EEOC's "baseless allegations." The Church of Scientology, meanwhile, has remained mum about the case.
The allegedly berated ashtray also remained silent.
Dynamic Medical Services sounds like a company that we all need to stay far, far away from!
This woman has my sympathy. So does the poor defenseless ashtray!
Make your own way.
Connect with your God on your own in your own way.
QUEST COMMUNITY church in Lexington KENTUCKY is just as bad. they take young people and brainwash them to leave there familys and turn against them. Telling them that ther family is not pure enough like you and you should stay away from them. If you go visit them it takes to long for you to clense yourself from the visit. It is a Christian based church that whoever is the head of the Christian orginazation should serioiusly check into. They are runining christian chuches name. Our child is lost to them. Brainwashed. She is to far gone to help. Never thought it would happen to us. Since then we have found out of many more who have been done the same way. BEWARE!! of what you get into with these big churches.
Dangerous breach of rights. We live in a country where we are free to practice whatever faith we wish.
Coercive employers need to be stopped now. This is not allowed...
That is why it is called "religion", because it is man made, not from God.
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