Attorney General Martha Coakley's office is suing a bar in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston for allegedly refusing to serve black, Latino and Cape Verdean patrons.
The suit announced Monday alleges that in December 2010, two men — one black and one Cape Verdean — were barred from Peggy O'Neil's bar. The men were told it was too late even though white customers were allowed in.
The suit alleges that later that evening a second group of Cape Verdean, Latino and black friends were told they didn't "look like the type of people" the owner would know and also denied entrance.
Coakley's lawsuit is seeking monetary damages, civil penalties and an injunction requiring the bar to follow the state's anti-discrimination laws.
A call left for the bar's owner by The Associated Press was not returned Monday.
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