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06/07/2008 07:56 PM ID: 71253 Permalink   

Woman Forced to Study Scientology at Work, Complains to Radio Station, Fired


An Alabama woman has filed suit against her former employer, a dentist who required her to study materials by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. After she complained on a radio station, she was fired.

The woman, Cortnie L. Beasley, called a local radio show to report that she objected, as a Baptist, to having Scientology views taught to her as part of her job. She says she was asked to sign a waiver allowing her to be trained in Scientology.

The radio show she appeared on was playing in the dentist office when she arrived to work. She was fired almost immediately after she arrived. She's seeking compensation and punitive damages and has also alleged a hostile work environment.

    WebReporter: l´anglais Show Calling Card      
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
  squeeze google news....  
Anyway, true story. She should have complained to her boss or her union but slamming your company on air for training you with secular Hubbard materials will get you fired almost everywhere. BTW, was she employed and fired the same day? Reads like it.
  by: luana1980     06/07/2008 08:44 PM     
Same week!
  by: l´anglais     06/07/2008 08:46 PM     
Dumb. I wonder why they couldn't talk about it.
  by: luana1980     06/07/2008 10:20 PM     
  I think I would quit  
if I was being trained in with the works of a science fiction writer.

"How to wait tables" by Isaac Asimov... A New York Best Seller!
  by: opinionated   06/07/2008 10:26 PM     
It looks like neither side wanted to talk to the other. The employee wouldn't go to the dentist with her concerns; the dentist apparently dismissed her right away after she talked to the radio show.

I agree; this should have been handled differently. She could have told her boss her concerns first, and they could have tried to work things out.

That said, she's a Baptist, and I've seen Baptists get a bit alarmist when it comes to things outside their orthodoxy. Of course, Scientologists are guilty of the same thing at times. I think Scientology seems to try to stifle criticism rather than answering it a lot of times.
  by: l´anglais     06/07/2008 10:39 PM     
I was raised in a conservative Southern Baptist church that taught that everyone was going to hell if they weren't a Baptist. Just ask John Ankerberg: (I know this twit. He cheats at volley ball).
  by: JonSmith     06/07/2008 10:54 PM     
  The Employer Was Out Of Line  
The actions of the employer were illegal. No matter what forum she chose to use, he was breaking the law. Even if she signed a waiver he was breaking the law by asking her to.
I hope they nail this sanctomonius creep up by his intolerant hyde.
  by: ichi     06/07/2008 11:42 PM     
How do you know? There is no religious service of Scientology which could be used for the work space. But there is administrative training by the same author. You are talking proselytizing at work - which is clearly not ok, especially if part of a work contract - but I don't see that this happened.
  by: luana1980     06/07/2008 11:46 PM     
"There is no religious service of Scientology which could be used for the work space".

Thats how I know he was proselytizing.
  by: ichi     06/08/2008 12:17 AM     
What else does your crystal ball tell you about the outcome of the case?

What it tells you is that the line that she had "to sign a waiver allowing her to be trained in Scientology" might as well be a lie of hers. At least it tells you one thing: that you don't know.

But prejudices are warm and cushy when it comes to avoid thinking for yourself.
  by: luana1980     06/08/2008 01:50 AM     
  I would have to ask....  
While being asked to sign a waiver saying it was OK to be taught about scientology at work is WAY out of line, I wonder how this woman would feel about being required to pray at work.

The bottom line is if you don't like what's going on at work, you have the power in your hands to QUIT. Then you can blast away on the radio all you want about how your employer tried to force you to do things.

I don't think there's anything in the Bill of Rights about the right to have a job.
  by: boaznjachin     06/08/2008 02:48 AM     
Why don't you tell us what scientologist believe & let us judge for ourselves. Or is it a case of us having to pay for this information.

PS What is you "midicorine count" (or whatever the silly word is)
  by: acrux   06/08/2008 02:54 AM     
It is true that there's nothing in the US Constitution that says someone must be employed, there are anti-discrimination laws. If studying Scientology was a requirement of employment then this Dentist has broken the law.
  by: groovedaddy   06/08/2008 03:32 AM     
  @ groove daddy  
Yes, I know....I am a libritarian at heart. IMHO, I don't think this is any different than doctors who have Christian "propaganda" all over their offices.

Now, To clarify my statement, I am a devout Christian. I go to church every Sunday, I am on church council, I am also a lay minister. I am just concerned that if you follow this conclution to its logical end, there will be NO freedom of speech in this country. If the woman had reservations about being "Taught" scientology at work by her employer, she should have left. I know I would have. If I needed the job so bad that my family was going to starve if I didn't keep it, then I would have told him that my faith is sound, and he can pay me to "Learn" all he wants, but he's wasting his time and money. Either fire me, or leave me to do my job. It's pretty simple.
  by: boaznjachin     06/08/2008 04:32 AM     
  A radio station?  
Thats pretty stupid.
A radio station is not the place to go for employer conflict, no matter how out of line the employer is.

This is what we have unions for.
  by: jamesmc   06/08/2008 06:35 AM     
  Might I remind many non-us citizens  
Not everyone in the United States is covered by a Union.

My mother for instance works for a factory where there is no Union. Any attempt to start a Union would cause the company to just close its doors.

However, I agree that she shouldn't have gone to a radio station. She should have gone for a lawyer.
  by: zephan     06/08/2008 06:46 AM     
That is, while a theoretically logical way of thinking, also an extremely dangerous way of thinking. First it's 'No employment unless you agree to learn scientology', next it's 'No employment unless you learn Christianity', then you eventually get to.. guess what? 'No employment unless you are Christian'. That's an extremely slippery slope.
  by: velger   06/08/2008 09:40 AM     
  Alabama is a Right to Work state  
unless she was already a member of some union-like organization she could've been fired for whatever reason, and whenever, her employer desired without an explanation. at least that's how i understand Right to Work states, well, work.
that being said, both employer and ex-employee screwed up in this situation. to them i say, "have fun."
  by: calilac     06/08/2008 05:29 PM     
  Problems of Work  
The article says she signed a waiver and was reading a book written by L. Ron Hubbard. Hubbard wrote a lot and some of that was religious, or addressed to topic, religion. But some did not. He wrote "Problems of Work" in 1956 and some other books that were non-religious and non-fiction.
  by: Terryeo   06/09/2008 02:35 AM     

The Springfield Business Journal, 4 December 2006
Woman sues former employer for religious discrimination
Plaintiff claims she was fired for refusing to convert to Scientology

Brianne Shahan filed the suit against Richmond Monroe Group Inc. in U.S. District Court last month. Shahan claims her former employer violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by allegedly pressuring her to divorce her husband and become a Scientologist... Shahan also claims she was forced by her employer to attend daily “church” sessions at work and that she was urged to divorce her husband.

The Richmond / Monroe Group with CEO scientologist Larry Roberts appears in WISE directories of 2001 and 2004

The Dallas Morning News, 4 October 2006
Was woman fired over religion?

A receptionist [Jessica Uretsky of Frisco] for a Plano dentist was forced to study Scientology during mandatory after-work meetings and told to increase business by concentrating on her phone to make it ring, federal officials said. The accusations of religious discrimination against K. Mike Dossett, who also operates clinics in Frisco and North Dallas, were announced last week when the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a federal lawsuit.

Mike Dosset is listed in the 2001 WISE directory but not the 2004 one.

The Baltimore Sun, 4 March 2005
Ex-employee sues dentistry, says she was dismissed for not following religious practices

Tammy Bright, 44, is now suing Smile Savers Dentistry for $400,000, accusing it of discrimination because she did not adapt her religious beliefs to Scientology. Devora Lindeman, a Newark, N.J., attorney representing the dentistry operated by Dr. Daniel Stewart, denies the allegations and said Bright was fired for "poor performance."

Smile Savers Dentistry is listed in the 2004 WISE directory, just as their attorney Devora Lindeman, who is a scientologist.

Anne-Marie Dunning fired
Website of Rich

Ex-Scientology executive Rich Dunning writes how his ex-scientologist wife Anne-Marie was fired by scientologist and WISE promoter - chiropractor Glenda Rose. Despite the promise not to force Scientology on her, it wasn't long before scientologist Rose asked Anne-Marie to participate in a Scientology practice called "security checking." Which means being interrogated while connected to Scientology's model of lie-detector. A huge invasion of privacy in any other book.

Melissa Alexander fired
Postings by her husband Robert Alexander

The Dr and owner, Dr Heike, allows Marline Davis, a "business consultant" and Scientology pusher to call all the shots in the running of his front office. She used this power to intimidate and coerce the mostly Christian emplyees to take the CoS courses. My wife, Melissa, refused and was fired. We filed in federal court and the Dr finally settled.

Cincinnati Post, 20 September1995
Chiropractic firm sued

A former employee of a local chiropractic firm filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the company, claiming he was forced to participate in training programs aimed at "indoctrinating" him in the tenets of the Church of Scientology. John M. Waksmundski said when he protested that the teachings offended his Christian beliefs, he was fired. Waksmundski filed suit in U.S. District Court against the directors of what was known as Affordable Chiropractic Clinics. The company has since been bought out.

The San Francisco Examiner, 21 March 1993
Some of Cocolat's ex-workers claim that the company's newest ingredient is Scientology

"Scientology has scared away almost every good employee the company's had," said Brenda Vinson, a former store manager who in October filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claim against Cocolat's then-president, Jeff Titterington, charging religious harassment. Vinson claimed she was pressured to quit her job last July after openly criticizing the company's use of the Hubbard management techniques for employee training. Her resistance to the techniques, she said, led to negative performance, reviews and denial of a promotion.

The New York Observer, 29 Sept 1997
Employee Accuses Real Estate Firm Of Turning on Scientology E-Meter
(Karen Schwartz & Diana Featherstone allege they respectivly were terminated and lost their job because they disliked studing Scientology-concepts).

Several months after she went to work at a Manhattan real estate firm, Karen Schwartz says her boss, developer Lawrence Feldman, ordered her to take an unusual series of night classes. Ms. Schwartz says he informed her they were simply “business courses.” . . . According to a complaint Ms. Schwartz has filed with the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she was subjected to something close to an indoctrination into the Church of Scientology.

Feldman Equities is listed in the 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2004 WISE directories.

Akron Beacon Journal, 2 September 1992
Dental assistan
  by: bob dobbs   06/09/2008 10:56 AM     
  No secular Hubbard materials  
Criminon,Narconon,Sterling Management
Technologies, and "study tech" all have
only one goal, to recruit people into
the cult of Scientology. Scientology is notorious for targeting dentists, they don't teach them how to run an office at medical school, there's a lot more interesting stuff on the site.
  by: bob dobbs   06/09/2008 11:01 AM     
  There's so much more you wouldn't believe...  
We believe the Church of Scientology to be dangerous for three main reasons:
1. It's an exploitative business: While claiming to be a religion, Scientology behaves strikingly like a business and cult. It harasses its members into signing up for courses that can cost many thousands of dollars. Indeed, to reach the higher etchelons of the church can cost up to $300,000. For most, this is well beyond their reach and many either bankrupt themselves in the search of religious truth or join the OSA. The OSA is the 'staff' of the church. Some work up to 85 hours a week for $40 - ths is church policy. It does all this while, in many countries, claiming tax relief designed for not-for-profit organisations.

2. How it treats its critics: Critics of Scientology are known by its members as 'supressive persons' or SPs. These SPs, the churches sacred texts state, are subject to a policy know as 'fair game'. Under this policy they may be:

"deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed"

Many members of anonymous have been declared SPs and, as such, have been threatened, physically attacked, had PIs stalk them and been arrested on charges that have later been shown to be completly false. Worse still is the case of Shawn Lonsdale, one of the most vocally outspoken critics of Scientology. After being fair-gamed for years, including famously on the BBC Documentary 'Scientology & Me', he died in February this year under highly suspicious circumstances.

3. How it treats its members: Scientology has an appalling and tragic record of human rights breaches towards its members. The children of Scientology members are often shipped to the Clearwater, Scientology's HQ, where they are set to work on manual labour tasks, often deprived of a normal education and, in too many cases, physically abused. Visit to hear from people who've grown up with this as a norm. Amnesty International is currently investigating some of the worse abuses.

This policy of physical and mental control of members continues on into adulthood. Scientology members are not allowed to take drugs designed to treat psychological conditions, are routinely given a form of electric shock therapy and, if they try to leave the church may be declared an SP. Lisa McPherson, a Scientology member, was involved in a minor traffic accident. In less than a month she was dead, her body riddled with insect bites, from dehydration under Scientology 'care': visit for more details.

Coallated Data on L. Ron Hubbard

Why We Protest

Ex Scientology Kids

Why Are They Dead

L. Ron Hubbard Jr. Interview (explosive)

Anonymous Gold Info Packet (explosive)

Bavarian Government Analysis of Scientology

ABC Interview with Jenna Miscavige Hill and Astra Woodcroft

The Jason Beghe Interview Saga

The Complete Jason Beghe Interview

Transcript of Marc Headly Interview

Anyway, if you manage to digest all of this, and see even a small portion of this as undeniably true, you are more than welcome to join us at and at our monthy protests.
  by: Marc M Arcab   06/10/2008 01:42 AM     
  On its face,  
it sounds like a human interest story of sorts and certainly one to draw comments of a sort. It reminds me of this lady telling me how after a bad car accident she got hypnosis which ended up mmaking her worse at great expense and time. I asked her is she had looked into dianetics and as it turns out she was a devout Catholic and dianetics was part of another reason. IMO, if anyone were to read the book Dianetics: Original Thesis and a basic book on hypnotism they wouldn't see how either is of a religious nature. However, IMO if she was not going to do Dianetics she should not have done Hypnosis because both are very spiritual in nature and each have a potentially large impact on the person and yet have nothing to do with Catholicism. IMO if she felt that way she should have simply prayed. Honestly, it works for me. However, I am working on veterans with PTSD on a volunteer basis who have come to dianetics as a last resort and its working for them.
  by: RichardT   06/10/2008 05:20 AM     
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