Workers Forced To Practice Scientology, Feds Claim

Workers at this Dynamic Medical Services building in Miami were allegedly forced to practice Scientology.By Alan Farnham

The federal government is accusing a Miami business of having forced employees to practice Scientology.

Dynamic Medical Services, which provides medical and chiropractic treatment, is accused by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of having compelled at least four of its employees to participate in Scientology religious practices, and of having fired two for their refusal. The company, in a statement faxed to ABC News, says that it prides itself on the diversity of its staff and that it denies that it engaged in any improper or unlawful actions with regard to its employees. It intends, it says, to vigorously defend itself against the government's "baseless allegations" and expects to be vindicated.

The Church of Scientology did not respond to requests for comment by ABC News. According to the EEOC's complaint, filed May 8, Dynamic Medical, owned by Dr. Dennis Nobbe, violated federal law by requiring employees named in the suit to spend at least half their workdays in courses that involved "Scientology religious practices, such as screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving."

More: Bible Says Thou Shalt Not Give Teachers A Raise, Argues State Senator

According to an EEOC statement, the company required one employee "to undergo an 'audit' by connecting herself to an 'E-Meter,' which Scientologists believe is a religious artifact, and required her to undergo 'purification' treatment at the Church of Scientology." When employees protested having to attend the Scientology courses, they were told, according to the suit, that these were a requirement of their job. Two employees who refused to participate "and/or did not conform to Scientology religious beliefs" allegedly were terminated.

In a statement issued by the EEOC, Robert Weisberg, regional attorney for the commission's Miami district office, called the Dynamic Medical Service's actions a shameful violation of federal law. "Employees' freedom from religious coercion at the workplace must be protected," he said. In the same statement, Malcolm Medley, the EEOC's district director for Miami, said, "When an employer makes an employment decision based on employees' failure to adopt the employer's religious beliefs, it violates federal law. The EEOC will act vigorously to protect the rights of workers who are subjected to religious harassment and coercion in the workplace."

Escaping Scientology



Don't Miss: Companies Hiring Now


Related Stories

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum

11 Comments

Filter by:
ANGELA

I WATCHED MS JENNA MISCAVIE HILL, AUTHOR OF \"BEYOND BELIEF\" TALK TO YOUR HOST ABOUT HER LIFE IN SCIENTOLOGY WHICH WAS VERY EYE OPENING BUT SHE HAD ME TEARING MY HAIR OUT WITH HER \"LIKE\" \"YOU kNOW\" AND \"I MEAN\" EVERY OTHER WORD. HORRENDOUS! PLEASE, WHEN YOU INTERVIEW PEOPLE, ENFORCE THAT THEY MUST SPEAK ENGLISH WITHOUT THOSE PHRASES POPPING UP EVERY OTHER WORD. SO ANNOYING I DIDN\'T FINISH THE LAST 10 MINUTES OF THE INTERVIEW. AND DON\'T TELL ME YOU CAN\'T MAKE THIS STIPULATION. BOOOOOORRRRRRINNNG!.

May 16 2013 at 8:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fernandezarthr

...and they say it is not a cult!...........The are all blind.....

May 15 2013 at 6:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bensintbictalin

Well, well, well, forced religious practice. That is, if you want to call scientology a religion. I could go on a rant about all the ridiculous ideas involved in this story, but the brighter people have already spotted them and don't need me to mark a trail. Of course, there are fools offended by this story because they think their own religion is more true than this one, and the brighter people have already latched onto this, too. Let's sit back and laugh at the stupidity of it all and hope we don't have to drive in close proximity of any of them.

May 15 2013 at 5:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GARY

This "doctor".....I mean "Mr" Nobbe has previously violated at least a half dozen statues of practice in the state of florida ......he should just concentrate on cracking backs and forget his attempts at brainwashing his staff and naive "customers" regarding Scientology. Typical ChiroQUACKER....so full of BS.

May 15 2013 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
janescriv

It's amazing that people who can run their own business can be so ignorant of the law. This guy needs to be hung out to dry. Freedom of religion is one of the key elements of American society.

May 15 2013 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to janescriv's comment
GARY

You are correct regarding religion....however Scientology is a cult.....it is not a religion.....unless you define any belief system as a "religion". My limited exposure proved otherwise. A bunch of zombie, brainwashed freaks......my opinion.

May 15 2013 at 4:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GARY

First, Chiropractors are not doctors of ANY sort....I should know....I was once a Chiropractor and quit....the biggest mistake of my life. I worked for a quack chiro when I first got out of school.....he was into Scientology but that was not evident until he wanted me to go to 'seminars" of brainwashing etc.....I had it out with him as I gradually saw his "psychological and emotional" abuse he bestowed upon his "patients" and staff. ChiroQUACTIC is nothing but a brainwashing cult.....glad I'm out. RUN....don't walk away from Chiropractors.....they are all frauds......signed EX Chiro......and glad I'm out.

May 15 2013 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gibdoc97

Darn Quackopractors........ Oh wait..... I am one of those.

May 15 2013 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to gibdoc97's comment
GARY

and you haven't quit yet?.....must be ripping alot of fools off. Sleep well much?

May 15 2013 at 4:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
uptownxxpress

The worst thing that Dynamic Medical Services employees faced for not converting to Scientology was getting fired. The worst thing Medieval Spanish Jews faced from the Catholic Church for not converting to Christianity was also termination....the permanent kind.

May 15 2013 at 2:38 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to uptownxxpress's comment
crazy ray

Do you have a point, or were your fingers just itching to find a keyboard you could point on?

May 15 2013 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Search Articles

Top Companies Hiring

Week of Sep 28 - Oct 5
View All

Picks From the Web