A South Florida chiropractic office has agreed to pay a $170,000 settlement to a group of former employees who claim they were forced to participate in Scientology practices.
Dynamic Medical Services has signed a consent decree to pay the money to the employees, who filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, according to the Miami Herald.
Employees claimed they were required to read the works of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and participate in bizarre activities, including sitting in rooms for eight hours staring at one another and yelling at ashtrays and talking to walls.
The company, which has offices in South Miami and Hialeah, denied claims that they tried to dictate employee beliefs but said they're settling to avoid any hassles.
"We deny all of the allegations brought against Dynamic Medical in the EEOC case. However, given the expense to litigate these types of things, we made a business decision to try and resolve it," Dynamic said in a statement, obtained by the Herald.
Two employees claim they lost their jobs because they refused to follow Scientology mandates from the company. Two others said they resigned from the company.