Great Falls, MT – Some former students and employees of Dahl’s College of Beauty have filed a lawsuit claiming they were sexually harassed and forced to wax one instructor’s pubic hair.
Fifteen former students of the school, as well as the school’s former director and former director of financial aid, filed the lawsuit against the school after they say they were unjustly expelled or fired for filing complaints regarding the behavior of some of the school’s instructors.
The students say they paid nearly $10,000 to the school that promised to teach them the basics needed to work on clients and “all the necessary skills you need to pass the Montana State Board Exam.” What they say they got was instructors who did not properly teach the curriculum and instead, according to the lawsuit, routinely slept, surfed the Internet, conducted personal business, made sexual remarks, and delegated their duties to unqualified, unlicensed students.
I know, I know — you don’t care about that, you came for the pubic hair. Well, the lawsuit also alleges that one particular instructor would publicly expose her genitals and require students to wax her pubic hair. The tools used to perform this task would then later be used to give haircuts to customers. The lawsuit goes on to say that this instructor would also expose her buttocks and request that students examine a boil to see if it could be (*gag*) extracted.
Greg Pinski, the attorney for the plaintiffs, says that because none of his clients were refunded their tuition fees, some of which were being paid for via federal loans or grants, they are now stuck in educational limbo. Because they are no longer considered students they are no longer fulfilling their loan requirement and will not be allowed to get another loan to finish or continue their education.
“Every one of my clients is a young woman who wants to pursue her profession and as it stands, right now they can’t do that both from a monetary standpoint and from a skill level standpoint,” said Pinski.
The lawsuit has been filed against the beauty school owners, Douglas and Barbara Daughenbaugh, alleging breach of contract, wrongful discharge (lol), and unjust enrichment. The plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages as well as attorney fees and costs. Pinski hopes to have a trial date set within the next year.
I was going to embed a video report from KRTV, but can watch that here. I decided to go with something kind of relevant, but not really. Enjoy the earworm.Tags: Dahl's College of Beauty, Montana, pubic hair, Sexual harassment, student