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Time for action against organized scientology’s labor abuses. What else can be done?

Discussion in 'Legal and Government Actions Involving Scientology' started by Lovinglife625, Jan 13, 2009.

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  1. Lovinglife625

    Lovinglife625 Patron with Honors

    By now many of you have read something about the new legal case filed against organized scientology for their major abuses of labor and other related laws.

    As a quick reference, here are links to several threads about this matter:

    1) the first thread announcing this new suit filed made by myself on WhyWeProtest. The suit was filed by attorney Barry Van Sickle representing Marc Headley as the plaintiff:

    2) a copy of the actual legal complaint filed on January 5, 2009:

    3) Marc Headley’s first posting on this subject:

    4) another posting I made on this subject telling of an administrative complaint filed before the suit which gave many more details of the legal violations:

    5) a copy of the actual administrative complaint which was filed on November 17, 2008 (edited to remove names of two people covered in the complaint that organized scientology intimidated into dropping the action):

    Much is being done behind the scenes by attorneys and others regarding all the above as matters of fact and law are digested and analyzed with tactics and strategy being discussed.

    There is also much discussion on various forums and in private messages and emails of people in support of this action. Some, who were ex staff of organized scientology wonder what they can do about all this and if this legal action could somehow apply to them.

    I believe it is too early to know who all should be involved, how and if this will proceed to class action status and, if so, when, etc. While anyone should feel free to get in touch with Marc about this as per his posting above, I suggest there is something huge that can be done here and now that truly stands a great chance of making a very positive difference.

    I am asking all ex (and even current) staff scientologists who ever were on staff in any organized scientology organizations within the state of California to at least consider making a report of the crimes and abuses you suffered at the hands of organized scientology when on staff.

    Have a look at the “administrative complaint” filed by Barry Van Sickle on November 17, 2007 (the link = ). It was addressed to:

    “California Labor & Workforce Development Agency
    Attention: Doug Hoffner, Undersecretary
    801 K Street, Suite 2101
    Sacramento, CA 95814”

    You could write your report to them or simply call the agency for a local address to which you can send such a report and then send your report accordingly.

    You don’t have to but you might consider sending a copy of your report to the appropriate organized scientology body. For example, those covered in that letter of November 17 worked for Golden Era Productions (a part of the Church of Scientology International). Thus they sent a copy of their letter to:

    “Golden Era Productions
    19625 Highway 79
    Gilman Hot Springs, CA 92583”

    You are concerned citizens taking a stand to report abuses of the labor laws. Maybe this will mean you can be compensated for abuses you endured but even if it doesn’t you can be making a difference in getting abuses stopped.

    If enough people make their reports I cannot imagine it would not have a huge positive impact towards stopping such abuses. Think of all the possible results such as the Department of Labor FINALLY “getting it” and actually doing something about it. Think of all the current staff in organized scientology that will see these reports (if you decide to send copies to organized scientology) and what effect it may have on them to open their eyes and confront the horror that is part of their daily lives.

    It doesn’t matter which organization you worked for in California. It could be the Church of Scientology International, Religious Technology Center, Church of Spiritual Technology, the old Church of Scientology of California, the current “major orgs” there such as the Advanced Organization of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, American Saint Hill Organization in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Organization, etc., etc.

    A simple check of the main websites of organized scientology will give you their addresses if you want them.

    What can be covered in your report to the Department of Labor? Any abuses you suffered as part of being on staff in organized scientology. They are almost countless. Some are covered in the above noted letter of November 17 and include:

    “LAB 98.6 Retaliation for filing a labor complaint
    LAB 201 Wages due upon discharge
    LAB 204 Timely payment required
    LAB 206 Any release or waiver of wages is null and void
    LAB 226 Proper pay records
    LAB 226.7 Proper meal breaks must be provided
    LAB 432.5 Improper statement cannot be required
    LAB 510 California overtime laws
    LAB 512 California meal break provisions
    LAB 551-552 One day rest in 7 day week
    LAB 1102.5 Employee right to report violation
    LAB 1175 et. seq. Records and rates on minor employees
    LAB 1194-1197 Minimum wage must be paid
    LAB 1290 et. seq. Improper employment of minors”

    The list goes on and on. How about being beaten while on staff? How about forced lie detector interrogations under duress?

    There are THOUSANDS of us.

    Now is the time, now is the opportunity and now finally we can all take a stand and make a difference here.

    If only a page long you can make a complaint. Tell what scientology organizations for which you worked, when and what abuses you endured and/or violations you witnessed. Ask for your government to do something to help stop the horror which are the working conditions in organized scientology. Be 100% honest in all you report.

    You are doing NOTHING WRONG in being a concerned citizen making this report. For years OSA and organized scientology could stop anyone making such a report and nothing would ever come of it. Those days are over.

    2008 was a big year for exposing many of the lies, abuses and crimes of organized scientology. IMHO it was nothing compared to what lies ahead in 2009, especially if we will take a stand such as above.

    Organized scientology has done a good job of convincing people that the IRS deal makes it a “church”. That has been their legal and PR line for years. The unstated assumption is that a church can do about anything less than murder and mayhem because of the constitutional separation of church and state. That is wrong but I believe that even most lawyers came away from law school with that mistaken belief.

    This ends now!

    I only ask that all concerned that do not need or wish to remain anonymous for reasons personal to them consider this. All of you who can find it in your hearts to make such a report to the Labor Department please do so. Imagine what could come of 100 such reports! Imagine 500. How about 1,000 or more?

    The days of organized scientology committing untold abuses under cover of religious cloaking and corporate veils while stifling the truth through threats and intimidation can be nearing an end. It is up to us to end it.

    When I wrote to David Miscavige and his attorney in 2007 pointing out what an abuser, criminal and liar he was and how many people he hurt I was threatened by one of their main attorneys who demanded that I stop posting and telling the truth. Well, I’m still here posting and telling the truth just like many others are now.

    They told me that organized scientology will never be reformed or otherwise changed by any of us out of the inner circle and I was laughed at.

    Oh really?

    I don’t think so!!!

    Let’s end this.


    Larry Brennan
  2. Consensus

    Consensus Patron with Honors

    A chill just went down my spine.

    I hope you get a terrific turn-out. Maybe you can all recoup some of your losses, some of the time and money Scientology stole from you.
  3. Megalomaniac

    Megalomaniac Silver Meritorious Patron


    Hi Larry,

    I was part-time staff for a few months. It was just a few hours and I would feel totally dishonest and wrong to complain about what *I* experienced in that time.

    However, I have been around and witnessed what other people went through. Actually, even on that count, I don't know if I can contribute much. Mainly, I just felt bad to see these guys scraping by in poverty, eating the cheapest food, and working SO many hours. :sadwave:

    Do you think reports from non-staff are appropriate? I don't think my report would have any legal strength.

    (BTW, just a noticing-the-obvious realization: For a month or two, I've been saying and thinking that this is simply an out-ethics situation. The Church of Scientology has gone out-ethics. All I want is for it to "get it's ethics in". And these are just KRs. -- to put it in Scientologese. )

  4. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    I echo that chill! Terrific stuff, the tide is turning.
  5. Patricia Curtis

    Patricia Curtis Patron with Honors

    Please, folks. Us wogs are doing everything we can do help you. Please look deep and see if this isn't the time for you to step up to the plate. Every voice counts.
  6. Wisened One

    Wisened One Crusader

    Wow, Larry! :touched: :clap: :happydance:
  7. Free to shine

    Free to shine Shiny & Free

    Sweetpea, you will never be a "wog". :D
    Thanks for all you are doing!
  8. AnonyMary

    AnonyMary Formerly Fooled - Finally Free

    against organized scientology’s labor abuses. What else can be done?

    Great advise, Larry. Additionally, as Marc Headley recently wrote:
    "If anyone reading this from the sidelines thinks that they too might have had some rights that were violated, you are probably right. You may have rights you did not even know about. Any people seriously interested in this can write to (* lordxenu at ) You must provide your full name and details regarding your employment history. If it appears that your rights might have been violated, you will be given additional information on what you might do about it. "
    * I took out the hyperlink so you can read the email address.

    Here are direct links to the docs of both Marc's case and Claire Headley's recent case:


    Claire Headley 's Jan 20th Lawsuit
    First Lawsuit filed against organized scientology’s labor violations

    Marc Headley's Earlier January Lawsuit doc

    Mary McConnell