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It's been a bad week for the Church

of Scientology. Today, it got even

worse. Its Australian arm is facing

possible legal action as former

workers line up claiming they're

owed what could be millions of

dollars in back-pay.

We're talking about, according to

the Church, the fastest-growing

religion on the planeted. I can

attest that many staff were getting

on the order of $2 a week. It's the

secretive faith with a long list of

high-profile believers. You're

helping, you're contributing

everything you can, or you're not.

But tonight, the Church of

Scientology is under siege like

never before. Liz Anderson was a

Scientologist for more than two

decades. Her daughter, Jordan,

spent four years working there

until she left in 2009. On a good

week, she may be paid $50 a week.

She had no more than seven days off

in the four years she was there. We

didn't really get to see a lot of

her. The Andersons have joined a

class-action demanding the Church

make good on wages going back the

maximum legal limit of six years -

a claim which could cost the Church

millions. They're entitled to

holiday pay. They're entitled to

statutory entitlements such as

superannuation. In some instances,

they may be entitled to overtime.

Stephen Lewis from slater and

Gordon has spent a year

investigating claims of workers

doing long hours for little or no

pay, from cleaning floors to

selling literature. We've formed

the view, based on the evidence

that we have seen, that these

former members of this organisation

have been grossly underpaid salary

and other entitlements. He may not

be the only one, with the Fair Work

ombudsman expected to release the

findings of a long investigation

into the Church and its so-called volunteers. You're not a volunteer.

You've got to be there on time.

You've got quotas to meet. You've

got penalties if you don't meet 'em.

Dean is another ex-Scientologist

who's gone public. I was working

7:30-8:00 in the morning till 10:00

or 11:00 at night, and for a lot of

that, it was seven days a week.

This is not an attack on people's

beliefs. People can believe

whatever they like in this country.

Whether you're the Church of

Scientology or a corner shop, if

you employ people, you are obliged

by law to pay them a fair wage for

the work they undertake.

In a written statement late this

afternoon, the Church told us it

would not be commenting on the

possibility of any legal action.