Entertainment Network:

got a tip? call (866) 667 - 2327 OR

E-mail us a tip

Woman Wins $348,000 From Boss Who Tried To Force Her To Attend Scientology Training

By Radar Staff

A dental hygienist has won $348,000 from her boss after she was forced to quit her job when he persistently demanded she attend a Scientology seminar.

Susan Muhleman
‘s life was turned upside down after she refused to go to the three-day training session for life skills run by the controversial religion because it clashed with her Christian beliefs.

Dr. Andrew W. Engel, who had posters of science fiction writer and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard in his Bend, Oregon office, threatened to fire Muhleman if she didn’t go with her co-workers.

EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: Tom Cruise’s Tricked Out SUV Made By Scientology Church Members

When Muhleman tried to bargain with him and offered to go to a non religious training seminar instead, he refused.

She told “Dr. Engel that she felt she was being pressured and harassed to attend the symposium and she would not attend. When [she] got up to leave, Dr. Engel told her that if she left the building he would consider that to be her resignation,” the Underground Bunker quotes from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries finding.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise’s Daddy’s Day Out

Her boss’ continued harassment finally took it’s toll on Muhleman who quit in August 2009 despite the shocking unemployment rate in Bend.

She filed a complaint with the Bureau of Labor and Industries, and moved her family to Texas where she found a new job.

PHOTOS: Katie & Suri Go Food Shopping As Marriage Recruitment Story Hits

“It weighed very heavily on me to have to make a decision like that for the future of my family,” she told reporters.

PHOTOS: Tom Cruise Through The Years

Finding that she’d been “badgered” by her former boss, the Labor Board ordered him on Thursday to pay her the huge sum.

It’s the largest penalty imposed by the bureau in recent history said an agency spokesman.

Scientology has been deluged with bad press in recent months, with a new tell-all book, the Vanity Fair magazine exposé, several lawsuits against its drug abuse program, Narconon, and Katie Holmes dumping the organization’s most high-profile devotee, Tom Cruise.


Blockbuster Scientology Lawsuit: Investigators Claim They Were Paid Millions To Spy On David Miscavige Rival

PHOTOS:  Scientology Celebrity Centre Celebrates Anniversary With Famous Members

Holmes & Cruise Divorce: Katie Dumped Tom, Wanted To Step Out of His Shadow

Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes Divorce: She Will Have Primary Custody Of Suri