Is Scientology breaking the law?

Allegations of labor law violations by Scientology

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Joe Muldoon describes receiving $50/week for 50-60 hours of work, and receiving just $12 one week due to a low ethics condition (no date)

I starting losing all my possesions (car, apartment, friends, family) because I received an average of $50.00 to work 50-60 hours per week. When I conveyed that this was starting to cause a personal problem to the other Scientologists I started getting frowned upon. I should have got another job, but my entire mind was washed with that crap and I continually felt compelled to stay.

One week I had missed some days looking for work and the Ethics Officer at the Co$ put me in a low Ethics Condition called ’confusion’. It so happened that on this particular week the Church had racked in a large of money and we all expected to make a good wage. But, by being in the ’Confusion’ Ethics Condition, I received a check for $12 dollars. I looked around the Church, as people that were once my friends walked by never making eye contact (with dirty looks on their faces, and decided I had had enough of it. I walked out the doors without looking back...


Halfway through the Purif I found myself very broke and very hungry. Since joining staff I had slowly spent my savings on survival, since the pay was very low. I remember getting envelopes with as little as $15 for a weeks worth of work (80 hours was typical). The Purif I/C’s were often helpful, lending me money while I was on the program, but most of the time I just went hungry , forcing myself to continue. The days were long and HOT!


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