Lawsuit: I Was Fired for Not Watching Scientology Videos - 2016-05-04
Health experts have dismissed a Nevada legislator's new age water company as junk science. But now one of his former employees says the company is a gateway drug for the Church of Scientology.
Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez, a former employee at the Las Vegas-based Affinity Lifestyles, is suing the company for alleged religious discrimination. A practicing Catholic, Echevarria-Hernandez says she was pressured to complete Scientology video courses at work, and was denied pay, ostracized, and eventually fired when she refused to watch the videos.
When Affinity hired Echevarria-Hernandez as a brand ambassador in March 2015, the company made her watch Scientology videos, she alleges in an April lawsuit. For each Scientology "self-betterment course" Echevarria-Hernandez completed, she would receive a pay raise of 25 cents per hour, she says. When she skipped the videos, her coworkers and superiors turned "hostile," firing her after just seven months with the company she says.