Church Of Scientology Can’t Nix Forced-Abortion, Wage Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (April 27, 2016, 10:40 PM EDT) -- A California judge ruled Wednesday that a former Scientologist can proceed with allegations that the controversial church coerced her to have an abortion, work long hours without proper pay and stay against her will, despite the organization’s argument that the matter was about “faith, not force.”

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle also said in a tentative ruling he adopted at the end of Wednesday’s hearing that a ministerial exception that the Church of Scientology said barred plaintiff Laura Ann DeCrescenzo’s claims had a triable issue of fact on whether she was a “minister.” The exception “arguably” does...

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