By Margaret Lyons in News on Sep 26, 2007 4:18PM
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against Dr. James Orrington, DDS, alleging religious and sexual harassment. The suit, filed on behalf of ten employees — 9 women and 1 man? 10 women? — claims the South Side dentist required employees to recite passages from Scientology literature before he'd give them their checks. Three employees were fired after they lodged a complaint with the EEOC in 2005, and another two were fired after they complained about the harassment. According to the suit, Orrington had been pulling this since 1998.
WBBM reports that "[a]part from being subjected to sexual propositions and touching on an almost daily basis, the employees were required to learn about Scientology in order to keep their jobs, attend Scientology seminars and watch videos in the dental office, the EEOC said." What, so now it's illegal to fondle people and coerce them into religious practice? Fridays in the Chicagoist offices are going to be preeeeeetty quiet for a while.
image from Orrington's website.