EEOC cases for Scientology training programs (1985-1998)

R. M. Seibert filed this request with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission of the United States of America.
Tracking # 820-2015-327923
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From: R. M. Seibert

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any initial complaints filed in federal court from January 1, 1985 through December 31, 1998 for religious discrimination charges against employers who terminated or penalized employees that refused to participate Scientology-based training programs.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to the long-standing history of controversies related to the teachings of the Church of Scientology being taught as secular programs that the IRS failed to acknowledge when they granted the organization tax exempt status in 1993. Questions regarding Scientology's special tax exemption has drawn a lot of public scrutiny and criticism in the wake of a recent HBO documentary. Therefore, the disclosure of the documents I am seeking will help foster a better public understanding of how other government agencies have historically dealt with issues that should have impacted the IRS decision. For more information, please see:

http://bit.ly/1dKsOb2
http://bit.ly/1QiAa3t
http://bit.ly/1EdogPS
http://lat.ms/1I3zwSA

Additionally, the requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

From: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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May 5, 2015
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Stephanie D. Garner
Assistant Legal Counsel/FOIA
EEOC - OLC/FOIA Programs
131 M Street NE, Suite 5NW02E
Washington, DC 20507

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

A copy of any initial complaints filed in federal court from January 1, 1985 through December 31, 1998 for religious discrimination charges against employers who terminated or penalized employees that refused to participate Scientology-based training programs.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest due to the long-standing history of controversies related to the teachings of the Church of Scientology being taught as secular programs that the IRS failed to acknowledge when they granted the organization tax exempt status in 1993. Questions regarding Scientology's special tax exemption has drawn a lot of public scrutiny and criticism in the wake of a recent HBO documentary. Therefore, the disclosure of the documents I am seeking will help foster a better public understanding of how other government agencies have historically dealt with issues that should have impacted the IRS decision. For more information, please see:

http://bit.ly/1dKsOb2
http://bit.ly/1QiAa3t
http://bit.ly/1EdogPS
http://lat.ms/1I3zwSA

Additionally, the requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Ms. R. M. Seibert

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From: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

An interim response, stating the request is being processed.

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To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 5, 2015. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed. You had assigned it reference number #820-2015-327923.

Thank you for your help.

From: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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