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Attorney General files lawsuit against Spokane-area car dealer for sexual harassment of employees

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against Monte L. Masingale, a Spokane-area car salesman, for a pattern of sexual harassment against female employees and prospective employees. Attorney General Bob Ferguson today announced a lawsuit against Monte L. Masingale, a Spokane-area car salesman, for a pattern of sexual harassment against female employees and prospective employees.
Monte Masingale in a 2012 Kootenai County booking photo Monte Masingale in a 2012 Kootenai County booking photo
GREENACRES, Wash. -

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced a lawsuit against a Spokane-area car salesman for sexual harassment against employees. 

The lawsuit names Monte Masingale, who works at Greenacres Motors dealerships in Airway Heights, Greenacres and Post Falls. The auto dealer is also named in the lawsuit, claiming its owner and staff knew, or should have known about Masingales's conduct against female employees. The complaint says that Masingale frequently posts help-wanted ads for a secretary in newspapers and website, while refuse to hire men and sexually harassing young women who apply. 

“This case is particularly serious because Masingale targets young women seeking entry-level work, and these women may not know their rights or how to enforce them. My office is committed to protecting the right to fair treatment at work, including the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment,” Ferguson said in a released statement. 

Reports made by victims show a distinct pattern. Victims say Masingale makes unwelcome sexual comments and advances, touches and gropes employees without permission, and asks female coworkers to agree to a sexual relationship as a condition of continued employment. Many women quit their jobs rather than continue to be subjected to the harassment. Some reported the behavior to the police. 

Ferguson filed the lawsuit, saying the behavior violates the Washington Law Against Discrimination. 

Masinggale has a criminal history record that includes a conviction in 2014 for a 2012 Battery charge. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 150 suspended. 

An unofficial Facebook page for the dealership shows many people leaving reviews mentioning sexual harassment

"The owner of this disgusting business makes me sick. I feel bad for the employees who have to work for such an old pervert. Monte i hope you're reading this you piece of trash," one review wrote earlier this year. 

One review does offer some complimentary words:

Individuals who think they have been victims of sexual harassment at Greenacres Motors are encouraged to contact the Attorney General's Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit at 1-844-323-3864. You may also email the unit at civilrights@atg.wa.gov. 

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