The strip club Treasures is suing the City of Houston and two employees for harassment.
The Galleria-area strip club's lawsuit alleges the city is unfairly targeting the club.
"We want to be treated like every other business that is similarly situated," attorney Casey Wallace said.
The suit names Senior Assistant City Attorney Nirja Aiyer and HPD officer Mathhew Dexter individually.
In the federal lawsuit, filed on July 6, the city is accused of retaliating after the club filed a lawsuit back in 1997. The 1997 lawsuit was in opposition to the city's new strip club ordinances. Some provisions were struck down as a result, but most were enacted. The case dragged out for 10 years.
The newest suit alleges Treasures is subjected to more undercover operations, police raids and employee arrests than other clubs.
"The cases were dismissed time after time after time after time. Others were found not guilty by a jury of their peers," Wallace said.
The suit alleges the city tried to get the club's liquor license pulled and blocked the owners, D. Houston and Davari Ali, from getting licenses for other clubs on Washington Avenue. It also alleges the city added Treasures to a two-year-old lawsuit already underway to get it declared a sexually-oriented business and a nuisance.
Wallace said the club is a lawful business and the city needs to back off.
"Leave us alone."
In a written statement, City of Houston Spokeswoman Janice Evans wrote, "The city views this lawsuit as frivolous and will mount a vigorous defense in support of the personnel the case targets."