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Complaint - Laura A

Complaint - Laura A

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1PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
BARRY VAN SICKLE - BAR NO. 986451079 Sunrise AvenueSuite B-315Roseville, CA 95661Telephone: (916) 549-8784E-Mail: bvansickle@surewest.netAttorney for PlaintiffLAURA ANN DeCRESCENZO
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF LOS ANGELESLAURA ANN DeCRESCENZO
,
akaLAURA A. DIECKMAN,
 Plaintiff,vs.
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGYINTERNATIONAL, a corporateentity, AND DOES 1 - 20
 Defendants))))))))))))))))
PLAINTIFF’S COMPLAINT FOR:1)
 
RECISSION OF UNLAWFUL,FRAUDULENT INSTRUMENTS2)
 
UNPAID WAGES RECOVERABLEUNDER B&P §17200 ET. SEQ3)
 
DISCRIMINATION & INVASIONOF PRIVACY4)
 
HUMAN TRAFFICKING (CIVILCODE 52.5, PENAL CODE236.1)5)
 
INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OFEMOTIONAL DISTRESS6)
 
OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICEOVERVIEW 
1)
 
There are two very different versions of Scientology.There is the Scientology as presented to the outside world andthere is a different Scientology in which Plaintiff lived andworked for approximately thirteen years. In the Scientologyworld Plaintiff experienced, twelve year old children are takenfrom their homes, asked to sign employment contracts and put towork. Pregnant women are coerced to have abortions. Employeeswork 100 hour weeks in the business ventures of Scientology at
 
 
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far less than minimum wage. There are no contributions to SocialSecurity or employee pensions, although there is plenty of moneyto pay Scientology’s Chairman of the Board, private investigatorsand lawyers. Personal freedoms are restricted and severepunishments are used to keep employees in line. Passports aretaken from foreign workers and the infirm are discarded if theycannot perform. For reasons obvious to those who know the realScientology, it fears the truth and works hard to suppress anddeny it at almost any cost. That is the context of thislitigation.2)
 
The gist of the case is to recover past due wages,interest, other economic damages and attorney’s fees forDefendant Church of Scientology International’s (CSI) many yearsof continuing labor and human trafficking violations. (See,Watson v. Department of Rehabilitation (1989) 212 Cal.App.3d1271, 1290 re the “continuing violations” doctrine.) In relatedcauses of action, Plaintiff also complains that she was coercedto have an abortion, was the victim of intentional infliction ofemotional distress and that Defendant is attempting to silenceother employees who are potential witnesses and co-plaintiffs inthis case. Illustrative of Plaintiff’s experiences while workingfor Defendant is the fact that she displayed suicidal tendenciesand swallowed bleach to expedite her quest for freedom.3)
 
Plaintiff’s First Cause of Action seeks to rescind,cancel, void, negate and confirm unenforceability of thepurported waivers, confidentiality agreements and penalty clausesshe was forced to sign by Defendant and/or its agents. As shownbelow, most, if not all, of the rights in question cannot be
 
 
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waived. After addressing various purported waivers and relateddocuments which are unlawful and unenforceable on numerousgrounds, including coercion and duress, Plaintiff seeks torecover compensation, with interest, due her for her years ofwork for Defendant CSI at below minimum wage and for forced andcoerced labor under the Human Trafficking laws. Labor Code§218.6 expressly provides for interest on unpaid wages from thedate payment was due.4)
 
The rights to minimum wage and overtime pay are notwaivable (Labor Code §1194). It is unlawful for an employer toseek a waiver of wage claims (Labor code §206.5). Unlawfulcontracts are invalid (C.C. 1667, 1668 & 1689); violations of lawcannot be excused by exculpatory clauses (C.C. 1668); andcontracts tainted by fraud, duress, coercion, mistake orunconscionable terms are invalid and subject to rescission. See,e.g. Civil Code §§1565 et. seq. and Civil Code 1688 et. seq.)The statute of limitations applicable to these cases is fouryears from discovery of grounds for rescission and B&P §17000;and five years for human trafficking. Plaintiff has timely filedthis action. (See e.g. CCP 337 & 338.)5)
 
Plaintiff started working for a Scientologyorganization in her hometown at the age of nine. She obtained awork permit and became effectively a full-time employee ofScientology from age ten. At age 12, Plaintiff signed her first“Contract of Employment”. She left school, home and family towork for the Church of Scientology International (“CSI”). Thisrequired that plaintiff move to another state. She was marriedto a co-worker at age sixteen, became pregnant while still a

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