Posts Tagged ‘religious institution’

Scientology sued for violating minimum wage laws

January 11, 2009

The plaintiff is suing in Los Angeles Superior Court and claiming that he was employed by a division of Scientology and worked long hours for below minimum wage from 1989 until 2005.  The complaint further charges that the leaders of church claimed that as a religious institution they were exempt from wage and hour laws and that they used intimidation tactics on their employees to keep them in line.

My first question is why someone would work for long hours for so many years for so little pay?  I didn’t see any mention of whether the plaintiff was a member of the church at any time during his employment but that is the only way this makes sense to me.  That they “brainwash” member-employees into a kind of indentured servitude.

Awhile back I posted about a Scientologist dentist that required an office manager to attend Scientology trainings.  I wondered at that time why a professional like a dentist would so obviously violate ethical and legal considerations in that way.  But if the goal is to control the employee’s mind through religious indoctrination and make employees into willing pawns, this starts to make sense.