Noel Francisco “It wasespecially clear that the prohibition on discrimination because of‘sex’ referred to unequal treatment of men and women in theworkplace.” argues U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco. (Photo:Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ)

The Trump administration’s Justice Department on Friday urgedthe U.S. Supreme Court to rule that a federal civil rights law doesnot bar discrimination against transgender employees, staking aposition against the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’spush for broader workplace protections.

The Justice Department’s brief in R.G. and G.R.Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC was not signed by the EEOC’sgeneral counsel, an indication the agency did not support thesubmission to the high court. Justice Department briefsfiled on behalf of federal agencies in the Supreme Court typicallybear the names of counsel for the agency.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle