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Aug 19, 2012 11:00 AM by Jen Hollenbach (jen@krtv.com)

Attorney talks about lawsuit against Dahl's College of Beauty

The lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against Dahl's College of Beauty in Great Falls spoke with KRTV on Saturday.

The lawsuit was filed earlier in the week, and 15 of the 17 plantiffs are former students who are now stuck in educational limbo until the legal system runs its course.

Greg Pinski, the attorney for the plaintiffs, says that all 15 girls were expelled from the school due to what he he believes is retaliation for them voicing their complaints and concerns.

Court documents state the women were abruptly expelled without going through proper channels to help them continue their education, as required by Dahl's internal policies.

The student plaintiffs claim they were sexually harassed by their instructor.

The suit says she required students to wax and trim her pubic hair with supplies that were later used for customer haircuts.

They say that behavior was in addition to routine sexual remarks and being taught by unqualified, lazy instructors.

None of the students were refunded their tuition payments, totaling nearly $10,000 each.

Pinski says many of the women used federal loans and grants for their schooling..

Now that they are no longer students, Pinski says they are not fulfilling their loan requirement, which means that they are less likely to be given another loan to continue their education elsewhere.

Pinski said, "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."

Pinski says the defendants have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit filed..

While the timeline of the judicial system is hard to predict, Pinski hopes to have a trial date in the next year to 18 months.

We have requested interviews with the owners of Dahl's College of Beauty, Barbara and Doug Daughenbaugh; so far they have not returned our calls.

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