In a suit filed last week in St. Louis County Circuit Court, Mohammed Almuttan, who is Palestinian, claims he was denied a business license for a laundromat based on his nationality and religion. He and his family, their attorney, and the Missouri chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MO) have called for McKinney's resignation.
For the past five years, Almuttan and his family have owned Mally’s Market, the city’s only grocery store.
The lawsuit claims that McKinney has repeatedly denied Almuttan a business license to operate a laundromat — despite the family’s adherence to city laws and regulations. It also states McKinney made the license contingent on regulations not listed in the city’s laws, like selling things the city can collect taxes on, or having the mayor himself inspect the business.