The Justice Department is suing a suburban Philadelphia swim club alleging race bias after black and Hispanic day campers were barred from the club.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday charges that the Valley Club of Huntingdon Valley engaged in a pattern of racial discrimination.
Club officials have said race had nothing to do with the ousting of the mostly black and Hispanic children from Philadelphia last summer.
They say there were too many children for the lifeguards on duty, and that many of the campers couldn't swim.
But the Justice Department says that racial hostility prompted club members to ban the children from the Creative Steps camp.