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Dentist Settles Sex & Scientology Suit

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Jan 14, 2009 9:30PM

Chicago dentist James L. Orrington agreed to shell out $462,500 to settle a civil lawsuit brought against him. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed the lawsuit against Orrington in September 2007 on behalf of 10 former employees who alleged he sexually harassed female staff members and forced them to watch Scientology videos and attend Scientology seminars in the office. The lawsuit also said that Orrington forced the workers to "recite formulas that Scientologists believe help people move from a lower to a higher state of mind" before he handed over their paychecks. According to the Southtown Star, the EEOC declared, "the woman will share in the award and Orrington must hire an outside firm to receive and investigate any complaints of sexual harassment or religious discrimination." The award per employee ranges from $10,000 to $42,505. Our call to the Chicago Scientology HQ for comment has gone unreturned.