Catholic woman fired after refusing to take Scientology courses at water company

Little David

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From a Tony Ortega article about Brent Jones:

Baca reminded us that our old colleague at New Times Los Angeles, Ron Russell, featured Jones in one of our favorite Scientology stories of all time.

In 2000, Russell described the ordeal of Raul Lopez, a brain-damaged young man who had given away to Scientology much of the $1.7 million he’d been awarded after a debilitating car accident. At one point, Lopez had been convinced to invest $300,000 in RC&A, a WISE company (the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises is affiliated with the church). But soon enough, he wasn’t seeing the huge gains he’d been promised. Lopez was convinced to take any complaints he had to WISE’s internal arbitration policies rather than to outside agencies…

When Lopez continued to complain, church officials in 1993 finally referred him to a lawyer. Not surprisingly, his attorneys now say, that lawyer, Brent Jones, a Scientologist, advised Lopez that it was in his best interest to rely on the WISE arbitration procedure. (RC&A eventually refunded Lopez’s $300,000 principal, but attorney Dan Leipold says that in failing to live up to its contract to pay his client more than double his investment, the entire RC&A experience “amounted to a huge money-shuffling exercise…. In RC&A, the enterprise of Scientology appeared to be giving him money back when in reality they were hitting him up for that same money as fast as it was coming in.”)

But Jones’ involvement with Lopez didn’t end with his RC&A advice. In the summer of 1994, Jones approached Lopez with a business pitch of his own. Jones was involved in breeding and selling ostriches and invited Lopez to join him. “He said it was a big chance for me to make a lot of money and that I ought to act real quick if I didn’t want to miss out,” Lopez recalls. He paid the $30,000 for the two ostrich eggs, which were to be incubated on Jones’ property near Ojai.

The deal turned sour quickly. Lopez says that when he went to the property to see his ostrich eggs, Jones told him that he couldn’t say for sure which of several eggs belonged to Lopez. After the eggs hatched, Lopez again visited, wanting to see his ostriches. Yet, of the several birds there, he says, Jones was unable to tell him which were his, but assured him that there was nothing to worry about. At Jones’ request, Lopez says he even built an enclosure for the ostriches on Jones’ property, using his own funds. But not long after the enclosure was completed in late 1994, Lopez’s brief and befuddling ostrich-farming venture came to an abrupt halt. “I went out to [the farm] one day, and [Jones] tells me, “Your ostriches died.’ That was it. I never even got to know which ones were mine.” Jones, who is now associated with a company called Affinity Food Products, declined to be interviewed for this article.

After the failure of his ostrich concern, Jones moved from Ojai to Nevada, and he made his first run at office in 2012 with a failed attempt to get elected to the state senate.

http://tonyortega.org/2014/11/07/sc...lected-to-nevadas-legislature/comment-page-1/
 

CommunicatorIC

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The Daily Mail now has an article.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ses-participated-self-betterment-courses.html

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Catholic woman is 'fired from Las Vegas water company for not accepting Scientology', lawsuit claims

Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez said she worked as a brand ambassador

She claims she was told to watch Scientology videos to get a pay rise

Court documents claim she felt uncomfortable because of the pressure

The company is led by Las Vegas Republican Assemblyman Brent Jones

By DARREN BOYLE FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 02:37 EST, 4 May 2016 | UPDATED: 10:31 EST, 4 May 2016

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Little David

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Tony Ortega today:

Here are the DOX on the Nevada “Real Water” lawsuit

As we mentioned yesterday, there’s quite a mashup of fun stuff that has come together in the story of a new lawsuit in Nevada. Grecia Echevarria-Hernandez, a Catholic woman living in Las Vegas, filed suit on April 26 against the company that produces Real Alkalized Water. She had started working at the company the year before, but she was forced to watch Scientology videos and was told she would get raises for every Scientology course she completed. She refused to do the Scientology courses, and then was later fired.

“Real Water” preys on the gullible, claiming to have health benefits because it contains more “electrons,” which is like a restaurant saying its hamburgers are better because they contain atoms. The product is the brain child of Scientologist and Tea Party politician Brent Jones, who was elected to Nevada’s legislature in 2014. We’re going to keep an eye on this case, which is already getting a lot of (rather derisive) national attention.


In the meantime, here’s the actual court complaint, for our many readers who are document hounds…
The court complaint and more: http://tonyortega.org/2016/05/05/how-ron-miscaviges-memoir-reads-to-a-former-scientologist/
 

Enthetan

Master of Disaster
Alkalised water - I don't believe that can exist.

A technical diversion here; we may need someone like Udarnik on this one but even my memories of high school chemistry from many years ago tells me that water has a pH of 7, and for water to be alkalised it would need more -OH ions in suspension than +H; how would that happen, given that both come from water molecules (H2O), and therefore would have to be in balance?

Water is neutral (pH 7). To make it acidic, you add something that will produce excess H+ (for example HCl, hydrocloric acid, dissolved in water produces H+ ions and Cl- ions). To make it alkaline, you add something that will produce excess OH- (for example, baking soda).

Acid/Base tutorial
 

CommunicatorIC

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Nevada Assembly member Brent Jones responds to accusation of religious discrimination

Nevada Assembly member Brent Jones responds to accusations of pro-Scientology religious discrimination.

KDWN: Nevada Assembly, owner of Real Water, Brent Jones responds to accusations of religious discrimination at Real Water

http://kdwn.com/2016/05/05/nevada-a...ns-of-religious-discrimination-at-real-water/

Audio of link.

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A catholic woman fired from her job at a bottled water company led by a Nevada Assemblyman filed a federal lawsuit against the business, saying she was pressured to watch videos on Scientology and was denied pay raises because of her religious beliefs. The woman filed the discrimination lawsuit against Las Vegas-based affinitylifestyles.com, also known as Real Water. Republican assemblyman Brent Jones is president of the company. He spoke exclusively with Dave and Chad on KDWN to give his side of the story.

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Download

http://media.blubrry.com/bbgi_kdwn/p/content.blubrry.com/bbgi_kdwn/brent_jones_podcast.mp3
 

CommunicatorIC

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Scientology style Organizing Board on wall of defendant Affinitylifestyles.com

Scientology style Organizing Board on wall of defendant Affinitylifestyles.com dba Real Alkalized Water.

As reflected in the beginning of the following video, a Scientology style Organizing Board is on the wall of defendant Affinitylifestyles.com dba Real Alkalized Water.

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HT - DeathHamster at WWP: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/ca...r’-company-lawsuit.131630/page-2#post-2582171
 

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Cat's Squirrel

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Water is neutral (pH 7). To make it acidic, you add something that will produce excess H+ (for example HCl, hydrocloric acid, dissolved in water produces H+ ions and Cl- ions). To make it alkaline, you add something that will produce excess OH- (for example, baking soda).

Acid/Base tutorial

Thanks for the reply. That's what I would have thought, but once you've added something to it it ceases to be "water" and it's dishonest to market it as such (nothing is mentioned in Paul's ad as an additive anyway).
 
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CommunicatorIC

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Despite lawsuit, candidate Blain Jones says his business does not promote Scientology

Despite lawsuit, candidate Blain Jones says his business does not promote Scientology.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Assembly District 21

http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/elections/assembly-district-21

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Assembly District 21 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

[SNIP]

Blain Jones, the son of District 35 Assemblyman Brent Jones, supports school choice and repealing the commerce tax, according to his website.

He has recently faced scrutiny because of a widely publicized federal discrimination lawsuit against his family’s business, Real Water.

The lawsuit, filed by a former employee, claims the company offered pay raises to workers who watched videos based on Church of Scientology teachings and that the employee was terminated based on her religious views.

Blain Jones, the company’s executive vice president, denied the wrongful termination allegations and said he doesn’t believe it will hurt his campaign.

“We don’t promote Scientology throughout my business. We don’t require people to be Scientologists,” he said.


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HT - TheWrongGuy on WWP: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/ca...r’-company-lawsuit.131630/page-2#post-2583651

As noted in the Opening Post, Blain Jones is also the Secretary, Treasurer and a Director of the company.
 
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CommunicatorIC

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Re: Despite lawsuit, candidate Blain Jones says his business does not promote Sciento

Despite lawsuit, candidate Blain Jones says his business does not promote Scientology.

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Assembly District 21

http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/elections/assembly-district-21

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Assembly District 21 | Las Vegas Review-Journal

[SNIP]

Blain Jones, the son of District 35 Assemblyman Brent Jones, supports school choice and repealing the commerce tax, according to his website.

He has recently faced scrutiny because of a widely publicized federal discrimination lawsuit against his family’s business, Real Water.

The lawsuit, filed by a former employee, claims the company offered pay raises to workers who watched videos based on Church of Scientology teachings and that the employee was terminated based on her religious views.

Blain Jones, the company’s executive vice president, denied the wrongful termination allegations and said he doesn’t believe it will hurt his campaign.

“We don’t promote Scientology throughout my business. We don’t require people to be Scientologists,” he said.


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HT - TheWrongGuy on WWP: https://whyweprotest.net/threads/ca...r’-company-lawsuit.131630/page-2#post-2583651

As noted in the Opening Post, Blain Jones is also the Secretary, Treasurer and a Director of the company.
Blain Jones Scientology Service Completions.


http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/b/blain-jones.html

Blain Jones in Scientology's Published Service Completion Lists

The following 4 individual completions for Blain Jones appear in official Scientology publications:
Blain JonesGRADE I EXPANDEDSource 2122010-12-01
Blain JonesGRADE II EXPANDEDSource 2122010-12-01
Blaine JonesRECENT CLEARS IN THE AMERICASAuditor 3742013-06-01
Blain JonesSUCCESS THROUGH COMMUNICATIONS COURSEAuditor 3752013-07-01
 
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