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Department Of Justice Sues Houston Nightclub For Racial Discrimination

Midtown 360 allegedly charged a cover for non-white patrons

Midtown 360, formerly known as Gaslamp
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A popular Midtown nightclub is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly discriminating against people of color.

KTRK reports that a lawsuit was filed on Wednesday against the owners of 360 Midtown (formerly Gaslamp) for discriminating against African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic clubgoers. According to the suit, people of color were required to pay $20 to enter the club, while white patrons were not. Bouncers at 360 Midtown also allegedly refused to allow non-white patrons to enter the club.

"When going out to eat at a restaurant or relaxing at bar, no one should ever suffer discrimination because of the color of their skin," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta in a statement provided to KTRK. "The Justice Department will continue to vigorously protect the rights of all people to go about their daily lives free from discrimination at bars, restaurants and other public accommodations around the country."

It’s been a troubled year for 360 Midtown. Last year, a group of Black attorneys sued the nightclub after allegedly facing discrimination when they tried to visit the club. In addition to the lawsuits, dozens of allegations of racial discrimination have been posted to Midtown 360’s Facebook reviews and Yelp page.

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