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A federal discrimination lawsuit is filed against the City of Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The federal government is suing the City of Jackson and Danny's Downtown strip club in suits filed Friday.

"This is publicity the city doesn't need and a strain on the budget it can't endure," said Law professor Matt Steffey.

In the complaint  the city is accused of discrimination on the basis of disability by prohibiting persons recovering from alcohol or substance abuse from living in group housing in most residential zones.

It states that the city enforced restrictions on the group home "Urban Rehab Inc" on Benning Road, which housed those in alcohol and drug recovery.

"You can't say we're gonna accommodate group homes for favored disabilities, but disabilities that we feel a little bit differently about we're going to treat worse and essentially push out of town," said Steffey.

The latest action brought in the federal court against Danny's involves claims that managers require black strippers to work exclusively at the Black Diamonds club or pay extra to work at Danny's.

"The African American dancers have to pay a hundred dollar fee to dance at Danny's as opposed to the Black Diamond," said Steffey. "At the Black Diamond they are subject to groping and smoking and drug abuse and other inferior terms and conditions".

The litigation also asks that Danny's be held in contempt for violating a settlement of a 2012 lawsuit.    

The filings are only one side of both arguments. We were unable to reach Jackson City officials or Danny's ownership for comment.

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