A strip club in Philly rehired an ex-con as a dancer -- who then shanked a customer for refusing a lap dance ... so claims the guy who's now suing the joint.
Errick Epperson filed suit against Atlantis Gentlemen's Club, where he says one of their strippers broke a glass and stabbed him IN THE NECK this summer after he rejected her offer for a private dance.
Errick claims the dancer, Iraida Rivera, drunkenly solicited him and got super pissed, plunging a broken glass into his body. Errick says he had to have emergency surgery and will suffer the rest of his days on Earth.
He also claims, before the stabbing, Rivera was fired for bad behavior but rehired ... so the club knew she was bad news.
Now, Errick's looking for damages to make things right ... well north of $50k.
We reached out to Atlantis for comment ... so far, no word back.