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Three African-American families have filed a civil rights lawsuit accusing children’s restaurant Chuck E. Cheese’s and a former Indianapolis store manager of mistreating them because they are black.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court alleges Ken McGill, who was a manager at two different stores, refused to serve them, treated them rudely or forced them to leave while allowing white families to stay.

The suit claims Irving, Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc., which runs the chain, failed to investigate McGill’s behavior as the families requested.

The suit seeks damages of at least $500,000.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment with CEC’s guest relations office Wednesday. McGill could not be reached for comment because there was no number under his name in published Indianapolis listings.

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