Dental hygienist claims former boss forced workers to practice Scientology

Posted: Updated:

A former employee of an Orange County dental office says her former boss tried to force staffers to practice Scientology.

Sarah Martinez says she was fired from Waldron Family Smile Center in Middletown for refusing to convert.

Martinez says the owner of the office, Dr. Michael Waldron, requires new employees to sign a contract mandating employees to go to Florida on the office's dime several times a year for conferences, where "you will be expected to study and learn basic information about the Hubbard Management System."

L. Ron Hubbard is the founder of Scientology.

Martinez says she was told the lessons were dental seminars, but she quickly learned the books she was reading had nothing to do with dental work, but were loaded with symbols associated with Scientology.

Martinez says she went on the trip twice because she had bills to pay and didn't want to get fired. However, when she warned new employees earlier this week about what goes on in Florida, she claims she was fired.

"The manager called me downstairs and she said, 'Well, today is your last day because we heard you were talking to people in the office about what goes on down there,'" Martinez said.

Martinez says two other employees have also been let go this year. She says she's telling her story publicly because she believes she was discriminated against and is worried about the other staffers there.

News 12 reached out to Waldron but did not hear back.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."