A community services group that places mentally disabled residents in housing has filed a federal lawsuit against the town of Cromwell and its leaders for allegedly “fanning the flames” of opposition to its single-family residence to the point it was forced to shut its doors.

The lawsuit claims the town used zoning and tax laws, a cease and desist order, and public pressure to force out the house and its occupants. An attorney representing plaintiffs Gilead Community Services Inc. and the Rainbow Housing Corp. called the issue a blatant example of discrimination.