A Starkville gym has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Starkville, claiming its constitutional rights were violated when non-essential businesses were ordered to close at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starkville Athletic Club — an exercise facility located on Eckford Drive off of Highway 12 — filed a 42-page complaint in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen with the city of Starkville listed as the lone defendant.

The business is represented by Tupelo attorney Jim Waide.

The complaint says Starkville Athletic Club is seeking to recover damages against the city for violating its Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights after the city’s Board of Aldermen voted to close all non-essential businesses to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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