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Pregnant woman denied job at Greenacres car dealership

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GREENACRES, Wash. -

A lawsuit is pending against a Spokane area car salesman for sexual harassment against female employees and prospective employees

According to Attorney General Bob Ferguson, 79 year old Monte Masingale worked at the Greenacres Motor Dealerships which is also named in the suit because according to the AG the owners should've been aware of the practices. 

Ehlana Holsti, 18 tried to get a job at Greenacres Motors back in June but she says she was denied because she was pregnant. 

She now has a one month old baby boy and works two other jobs.  She says she was surprised at what happened at the interview. 

"I kept seeing this ad for a secretary position available," says Ehlana.  "I was like OK, maybe I will call. It's a car dealership. Sounds professional."

Ehlana says she called and was asked only her age and if she had reliable transportation.  She was told to come in the next morning for an interview. 

"He starts showing me around the lot and we're outside walking around and he just is staring at me and looks at me and goes 'are you pregnant?' I said 'yeah'... And he says 'I'm sorry I can't hire you, that's not going to work for me.'"

"My mouth kinda dropped cause I was not expecting it at all," Ehlana tells KHQ. 

After her experience Ehlana says she learned that other women have said they've had uncomfortable or inappropriate experiences with Masingale.  A complaint filed in Spokane Superior court last week alleges that Masingale only hires females and sexually harasses young women who apply.  Ehlana says she's grateful she was never employed there and is speaking out because she doesn't want it to continue. 

"It's not right.  It was very unprofessional and it was just weird."

She says after the incident Masingale contacted her and apologized for his behavior but she hasn't had any contact with him since then. 

We left word with a Greenacres Motors manager trying to get in contact with Masingale but have not heard from him.

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