Clinic To Pay Ex-Workers In Bias Case

Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Date: December 4, 1999

An Arlington veterinary facility was accused of requiring church-related training.

An Arlington veterinary clinic has agreed to end a federal job discrimination lawsuit by splitting a $150,000 settlement among six former employees who said that their advancement was linked to participation in Church of Scientology training sessions.

Five other former employees joined the lawsuit, which was filed in October 1998. Efforts to mediate the dispute failed in October, and the case was scheduled to go to trial Monday until the agreement was reached. Federal District Judge Joe Kendall approved the settlement Thursday.

The former employees of the clinic in the 5800 block of West Interstate 20 said that they were pressured to participate in employee training programs developed by the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. Promotions, raises and bonuses were tied to participation in the activities, and employees who did not take part suffered retaliation, the employees charged in their complaint.