The U.S. Department of Justice last week put North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on notice that a new state law that forbids local anti-discrimination ordinances and restricts which restrooms transgender students can use at school violates the federal Civil Rights Act, The Charlotte Observer reports.
The notice, which asks McCrory to remedy the situation by ensuring that the law will not be implemented, came on the same day that a group of Illinois parents and students sued the U.S. Department of Education over its position on transgender students.
The suit challenges the federal agency’s assertion that Title IX requires schools to allow students to access sex-segregated facilities based on their gender identity, even if it differs from their sex at birth.
The suit appears to be the first federal challenge of the department’s position on transgender students.
A version of this article appeared in the May 11, 2016 edition of Education Week as Ed. Dept. Seeks Reversal Of Transgender Actions