You know that a beverage company doesn’t have a firm grip on reality when it touts the health effects of bottled water that is
“… infused with negative ions to give you a powerful antioxidant effect within every bottle you drink!”
That was a problem for Catholic employee Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez. She claims that Real Alkalized Water, based in Las Vegas, pink-slipped her because she rebuffed her bosses’ apparent attempts to convert her.
A Las Vegas water company gave raises only to employees who took Scientology courses, and fired a “brand ambassador” who wouldn’t do it, she claims in court. Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez grew up Roman Catholic and thought she had landed a good job, until she was fired for declining to watch Scientology video courses, she says in her April 26 federal lawsuit against Affinitylifestyles.com [doing business as] Real Alkalized Water.
Echevarria says the company hired her to be a brand ambassador at its Las Vegas office in March 2015. Upon hiring, she says, she was forced to watch several videos about the Scientology religion. A manager told her she would receive a 25 cents-per-hour raise for each self-betterment course she completed, all of which “overtly promoted” the Church of Scientology.
When she declined, her supervisors allegedly informed her that watching the videos was not considered optional. Although Echevarria says she carried out her work tasks professionally and “admirably,” her bosses treated her refusal to submit as insubordination, and her colleagues began looking down their noses at her.
[S]he says she was ineligible for raises, her coworkers treated her differently, and the “workplace environment became extremely unpleasant.”
[T]he manager who encouraged her to complete the Scientology videos fired her in October, claiming poor job performance. Echevarria says none of the other managers wrote her up before she was fired, and that she was fired due to her “differing religious views.” She seeks punitive damages for discrimination, retaliation and tortious discharge.
This account is purely Echevarria’s, filtered through the Courthouse News Service. Real Alkalized Water has so far been unable or unwilling to comment. We’ll revisit this story if the parties end up in court and the truth comes out.
(Screenshot via KTNV.com)