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Aug 18, 2012 12:18 AM by Katie Stukey (katie@krtv.com)

Dahl's College of Beauty in Great Falls hit with lawsuit

Dahl's College of Beauty in Great Falls is at the center of a lawsuit involving more than a dozen former students.

The suit claims that students lost thousands of dollars in tuition fees and were subjected to inappropriate salon procedures.

Ultimately, most of the plaintiffs claim they were expelled for filing complaints.

In all, 17 plaintiffs are listed in the suit against the cosmetology school; 15 of them were once students; one was employed as the director of the facility, and the other as the director of financial aid.

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.

The plaintiffs who were once employees claim they were fired without good cause.

The defendants listed in the suit are owners Douglas and Barbara Daughenbaugh, reportedly of Corvallis, and registered agent Philip Belangie of Missoula.

We will update you as we learn more.

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