Florida chiropractor sued by EEOC

Discussion in 'Leaks & Legal' started by Triumph, May 9, 2013.

  1. Anonymous Member

    Bwahahahaha! Major highlights of coming pacer dox:

    Dynamic Medical Services apparently caved in and they were in the midst of settlement talks when the government shutdown kicked in. EEOC had to temporarily stop working the case due to lack of appropriations, so settlement negotiations is currently stalled thus costing Dynamic Medical more lawfags fees to buy more time.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    OOPS: Government Shutdown Stalls EEOC Lawsuit Against Miami Scientology Chiropractor

    By Tony Ortega

    File this under the WTF? department: You may remember a story we published in May about a Miami Chiropractor named Dennis Nobbe (right). His practice, Dynamic Medical Services, Inc., was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over the complaints of four named employees who said that Dynamic forced them to take Scientology courses as part of their jobs.

    In fact, Nobbe ran his own Scientology academy, and we heard from past employees who said that for many years, taking courses at the academy was a big part of working at the chiropractic business.

    We were told by an EEOC attorney that it was unusual for a lawsuit to be filed, an indication that settlement talks had been fruitless. And now, we’ve learned that settlement discussions have broken down again — but it’s those lunatics in Congress that are at fault this time!

    We also noticed that an amended complaint had been filed in the suit, which included more detail about what employees went through. But it was the notice filed in the case because of the shutdown that really grabbed our attention.

    Continued with open comments at
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  3. Anonymous Member

    Cross referencing dox posted by Ortega with previously listed docket entries...
    Intervenor (victims) amended complaint:

    Additional dox not included in Ortega's article...
    EEOC (Plaintiff) amended complaint:

    Defendant Motion for time extension:
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  4. wolfbane Member

    In one of the recent FEDERAL lawsuit threads, possibly this one - I don't remember, anony pacerfags were swapping useful protips: 1) now offers FREE limited access to dockets and dox (less than $15 of fees per quarter waived if you don't go over that amount). 2) There is a Firefox add-on for an awesome thing called RECAP where all the dockets and dox you access in Pacer automagically gets uploaded to the Internet Archive website for wide open public access.

    I googlefu'd this shit, got it going on and played with it today. RECAP IS AWESOME.

    The latest greatest EEOC case pacer docket via RECAP is now freshly archived for all to see:

    (Nothing new at this time since Ortega's last article)

    /r/ more peeps become freeloader pacerfags and install the RECAP add-on. That way we can easily keep the free dox flowing without anybody tapping out their $15/quarter limit.
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  5. wolfbane Member

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  6. DeathHamster Member

    Dynamic Medical Services settled.

    Stub if no subscription:
    Notice of settlement:
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  7. Anonymous Member

    Law 360:

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  9. Anonymous Member

    Christmas isn't a time for rushing, take your time ;)
  10. Anonymous Member

    The filing is dated December 9, 2013 and says things "will be completely resolved in the next
    couple of weeks."
    So we should expect moar info by the 23rd of December.
  11. Incredulicide Member

    The Law360 article is dated December 18, and says "on Tuesday agreed to pay $170,000" which was December 17 and the amount isn't mentioned in the linked PDF so I'd venture to say the matter is "completely resolved" and we just don't have the final DOX yet.
  12. Anonymous Member

    Final settlement consent decree from EEOC filed December 17th:

    TonyO coverage:

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  13. Anonymous Member

    A useful explanation of the settlement amount from a newcomer lawfag on The Bunker:
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  14. RightOn Member

    "Dynamic doesn't admit that it ever did anything wrong"
    What's true for you eh?
    If you didn't do anything wrong, then what is your ass doing in court in the first place and why did you pay out $170 k?
    The words Scientology and logic should never be in the same sentence
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Miami chiropractic office must quit making its staff practice Scientology following complaint

    By Lance Dixon, The Miami Herald

    A handful of employees — now ex-employees — of a South Florida chiropractic office say they got more than a paycheck for their labors.

    The workers say they were force-fed an indoctrination in the rituals of Scientology, the controversial religion that counts such celebrities as Tom Cruise and John Travolta among its members. Those rituals, the workers complained, included occasionally having to sit perfectly still in a spare room at the office, facing one another for an eight-hour staredown — as well as yelling at ashtrays and talking to the walls.

    They also had to devour the books of the late L. Ron Hubbard, Scientology’s founder, including his seminal work, Dianetics, the complaint alleged.

    The result of their complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: one of the more unusual employment-discrimination squabbles to come along in South Florida — resolved when the business signed a consent decree agreeing to pay $170,000 and to quit trying to dictate its employees’ religious beliefs.

    Dynamic Medical Services, with offices in South Miami and Hialeah, says it never did any such thing, but says it is settling to avoid the hassle.

    “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.

    Four former employees of Dynamic — Norma Rodriguez, Maykel Ruz, Rommy Sanchez and Yanileydis Capote — alleged that their employer forced them to participate in activities that involved Scientology, and to study the religion on a daily basis or face consequences.


    Sanchez said she was fired in 2010 after enduring years of courses in Scientology from books written by Hubbard, and after participating in various exercises.

    The complaint said that Sanchez was required to attend church and read Hubbard’s The Way to Happiness and Dianetics: Original Thesis over the course of several months. She also allegedly went through an Electropsychometer treatment, described on the Scientology website as a “religious artifact” that “measures the spiritual state or change of state of a person.”

    Dennis Nobbe, Dynamic’s owner, told Sanchez that he wanted her to be “purified.” When Sanchez expressed concerns, she was told, “Remember you work for Dynamic and Nobbe is paying for this,” according to the complaint.

    She went along with the “purification” process, which required her to sit in a sauna for five hours and take 20 “vitamin” pills on a daily basis, the complaint said. Even after a fainting spell, she was required to return to the sauna.

    Sanchez said she was fired months later, after she stopped attending the church.

    Rodriguez also claimed that she was discharged in 2010 after she refused to go to a church of Scientology. She explained to her supervisor that she was a Jehovah’s Witness.

    The EEOC said Rodriguez was made to do exercises like walking up to someone in a shopping mall, stopping them and staring at them without speaking. She also attended courses at a church of Scientology on a weekly basis.

    The two other plaintiffs, Ruz and Capote, eventually resigned from the company.

    Andre said that initially dozens of other employees were interviewed, but they declined to join the complaint. She added that some of the employees, both management and rank-and-file, were practicing Scientologists and felt that the exercises were business as usual.

    If a court approves the consent decree, Dynamic will be subject to further action from the court if employees allege more discrimination. The decree would also establish a policy against discrimination and require all workers to receive anti-discrimination training.

    “Any time an employee asks for reasonable accommodation for religious purposes, Dynamic has to report it to the EEOC,” Andre said.

    Dynamic is listed as a member of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises. WISE, in its president’s message is described as “a fellowship of thousands of business people across the globe who recognize that the organizational and management principles developed by author L. Ron Hubbard have application to all businesses.”
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  16. The Wrong Guy Member

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  18. RightOn Member

    I am sure all this news coverage will "adjust" Nobbe's attitude
    But that isn't going to be very KSW! Better fire all employees and only hire scilons
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

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  20. muldrake Member

    Considering how few Scientologists there are, it's ridiculous how many cases like this there have been. Have you ever heard of a Jewish dentist demanding his employees get circumcised or wear a kippah? Or a Christian demanding his employees get baptized or a Catholic demanding his employees attend Mass?

    Yes, you see a lot of these suits where a Christian employer of some sort has something religious in the workplace, but usually, this is more thoughtless than anything. They simply didn't consider that any of their employees could possibly be offended.

    With these Scienos, though, it is yet another case of how this cult aggressively and ruthlessly proselytizes in even the most utterly inappropriate situations. Read the facts of any of these suits and it is jaw-droppingly amazing how little they care that their acts are blatantly and obviously illegal.
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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

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  22. RightOn Member

    so what's this chiro going to blame the media for defamation of character when he loses all his clients?
  23. The Internet Member

    "Those who can get you to believe Scientology can get you to commit atrocities."
    --The Internet
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  24. DeathHamster Member

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  25. DeathHamster Member

    Chiropractic under sedation? ("Manipulation Under Anesthesia") *shudder*
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  26. Anonymous Member

    The gory details... with Applied Scholastics In Action!
    What Happens During The MUA Procedure?

    Patients are to refrain from eating or drinking after midnight the day before each procedure due to the anesthesia.

    This process is completed three (3) days in a row and Dynamic Medical Services picks their patients up every morning at their house and returns them every afternoon. Since transports is available there is no need for family members to take a day off to accompany the patient nor does the patient need to stay the three days in an unfamiliar environment.

    Upon arrival at the clinic an intravenous catheter is inserted into the patient’s arm and a small amount of “twilight” anesthesia is administered by a board certified anesthesiologist. The intravenous conscious sedation shuts off the muscle spasm cycle, which means the pain perceiving nerves go tot sleep to allow complete muscle relaxation. Although the patient is in and out of consciousness their protective reflexes remain intact so the body can not be manipulated into a way that would cause more pain. The MUA certified doctors completed a process of stretching and manipulating that usually lasts for 15-20 minutes and is similar to those received during regular chiropractic visits but more effectively. After the procedure the patient wakes up fairly quickly and is monitored by qualified personnel until deemed fit for discharge.
  27. Anonymous Member

    Interesting that they avoid having a family member/ friend there. And WTF stay 3 days, no one stays even 1 day after an outpatient procedure. Also Dox on "qualified" personnel monitoring the patient. This is just where a bozo medical clinics fails medical review. The personnel is often the front desk/ receptionist. I could be wrong since they have a board certified anesthesiologist, but my medical review spider senses tingle.
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  28. Anonymous Member

    Also can anyone locate the anesthesiologist? It would be interesting to see if its a Scion.
  29. The Internet Member

    I bet when young people get suckered into going to some chiropractic school, they expect to be doing something sensible that helps people. They probably buy some of the black PR against science based medicine, maybe because that was a common view within their families.

    But what happens when they realize they're a cog in an expanding social network of scammers? I think they're fucked. They have to play along with the MLM supplement scams, the x-ray scams, the fancy gadgetry scams, and the political activism against science. This is really bad for our country.
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  31. Anonymous Member

    Chiropractors teach other chiros how to read x-rays. So they basically expose people to cancer causing radiation for no fucking reason, as they don't know how to read x-rays.
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  32. DeathHamster Member
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  33. Anonymous Member

    Benefits Pro: EEOC takes on Scientologist employer

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  34. muldrake Member

    Works for me. $170K less to go to the crime cult.
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  35. Anonymous Member

    Something similar came in on the alerts today:
    ashley-lutz.png Ashley Lutz

    Jan. 9, 2014, 3:55 PM

    Lululemon Spends $500 For Workers To Attend A Controversial Retreat Endorsed By Founder Chip Wilson

    Lululemon on Flickr

    Lululemon founder Chip Wilson credits self-help movement Landmark Forum for his business success. It turns out the company actually shells out $500 for individual workers to go to retreats hosted by Landmark, which has been compared to Scientology, reports Chavie Lieber at Racked.

    Lieber spoke to employees who claimed they were pressured into attending the seminar after they had been working at Lululemon for nine months.

    "When my manager brought up Landmark at a meeting, she said that it was a gift that Lululemon gave to its employees. We did not have to accept the gift, but if we didn't, we had to reevaluate our goals and how we align with the company," the worker said. "If you decided not to go, they would find a way to phase you out."

    more at the link....

    WWP Link - re: Landmark: Scientology's evil little brother - Landmark Forum
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  36. DeathHamster Member

    I wonder what Lululemon's WISE Lite kickback for employees hooked on Landmark is?
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  37. The Internet Member

    It's not enough that the boss man bosses you around all day. He's got to possess your soul or he's not in control.

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  38. HR Daily Advisor:Two Employees Fired for Not Participating in Scientology, Lawsuit Claims

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  39. Quentinanon Member

    Kickback = FSM commission
  40. HR Hero: Rise in religious bias claims forces analysis of a multitude of sins

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