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Lambda Legal has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief in support of a transgender police officer in Nevada who was banned from the workplace restroom consistent with his gender identity and mistreated in other ways. The plaintiff is a man who is also transgender. Although assigned female at birth, he has a male gender identity. The employer ultimately lifted its restroom ban after a year, but continues to argue in court that its actions were legal, which would allow other employers to repeat its conduct.

The brief argues that excluding transgender people from appropriate restroom access violates Title VII, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination, as well as Nevada state law.  Both the EEOC and the Nevada Equal Rights Commission have recognized that barring transgender people from the restrooms consistent with their gender identity is unlawful sex-based discrimination.