Employee Accuses Real Estate Firm Of Turning on Scientology E-Meter - 1997-09-28
According to Ms. Schwartz's E.E.O.C. complaint, Mr. Feldman's advocacy didn't stop with mandatory night classes. In 1993, she alleges, Mr. Feldman scheduled mandatory five-hour Scientology seminars at the office. In some seminars, Mr. Schwartz said, she was forced to read church literature and demonstrate what she had learned by using clay figures and other props: "People would be rolling their eyes while they were doing this, and the teacher would go, 'Ooh, very good,'" she said.
Mr. Feldman's alleged activities provoked a strong response from Diana Featherstone, a former vice president of administration for Mr. Feldman. In an affidavit filed with Ms. Schwartz's complaint, Ms. Featherstone said she told Mr. Feldman that the church's management training was "very religious and cultlike in nature." She says she was disturbed enough to resist an order to write a memorandum saying that the courses were mandatory.
According to Ms. Featherstone, Mr. Feldman went into a rage and wrote the memo himself. Ms. Featherstone said she began looking for another job, only to be fired when another employee discovered her résumé in the computer system. According to Ms. Featherstone, the employee was an enthusiastic promoter of the mandatory Scientology classes and soon after became vice president for administration.