SAN JACINTO, Calif. (AP) – The Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against the city of San Jacinto alleging it discriminated against the disabled by cracking down on group homes.

The lawsuit was filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and assigned to a federal judge in Riverside County, where San Jacinto is located.

Authorities allege a 2008 change in zoning laws severely restricted the operation of group homes in the city.

The lawsuit also contends the city conducted a sweep of 19 homes and asked residents to complete an intrusive questionnaire targeting people with mental disabilities.

The city says it was conducting code enforcement inspections, not a sweep, and will defend itself against a meritless lawsuit.

San Jacinto is located about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles.