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Lawsuit alleges Wyoming employer required worker to study Scientology

Dec 26, 2018

By Shane Sanderson

An occupational therapist made his employee take Scientology courses as a condition of her employment, she alleges in a federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week.

Julie A. Rohrbacher filed suit Monday against Teton Therapy, a set of physical and occupational therapy offices that operate in four Wyoming locations, including Lander, where she worked. In court filings, Rohrbacher claims Jeff McMenamy, the company’s owner, declined to promote her and then forced her to resign in 2013 from her job after she refused to enroll in courses put on by the Church of Scientology.

McMenamy said late Wednesday morning that neither he nor his attorney had yet seen filings in the case and could therefore not comment on the lawsuit.

Katherine Strike, a Lander lawyer, is representing Rohrbacher in the case. Strike did not return a Tuesday morning message requesting comment.

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