Clothing manufacturer J. Crew Group Inc. and a subsidiary are named in a federal lawsuit that claims the company discriminates against men by refusing to hire them for some jobs.

The case, which alleges civil rights violations, was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in U.S. District Court in New Haven. The complaint was filed on behalf of George Mandell, 49, of West Haven and an as-yet unidentified group of male job applicants.The lawsuit, filed last month, alleges a "pattern and practice" of discrimination against male applicants for customer service and assistant manager positions at service centers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Federal investigators allege that J. Crew subsidiary Popular Club Plan has not hired any men at its offices in New Haven; Springfield, Mass.; Providence and Cranston, R.I., for a customer service job or assistant manager position at least since January 1993.

A spokeswoman for New York-based J. Crew declined to comment.