Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Religious Discrimination for Mandatory Screaming at Ashtrays

I highly recommend checking out EEOC.gov periodically to look at their news releases and keep up with current events. If I have time, I read the releases. But, if I'm busy I might not read the full release, just the headline - especially if the headline is something innocuous like, Dynamic Medical Services to Pay $170,000 to Settle EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit.

Well, apparently I should have clicked the link! The allegations are as follows:
The EEOC charged in its suit that Dynamic Medical Services, Inc. ("DMS") required Norma Rodriguez, Maykel Ruz, Rommy Sanchez, Yanileydis Capote and other employees to spend at least half their work days in courses that involved Scientology religious practices, such as screaming at ashtrays or staring at someone for eight hours without moving. The company also instructed employees to attend courses at the Church of Scientology. Additionally, the company required Sanchez 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.
I think it goes without saying (but what the heck, I'll say it anyway), that forcing employees to participate in religious practices is a no-no (whether it's going to church or screaming at ashtrays).

HT: Eric Meyer (who apparently did click the link), EEOC Thrashes Scientologist Employer that Allegedly Made Workers Scream at Ashtrays. That's why he has the #1 employment law blog in the ABA Blawg 100 ladies and gentlemen!