Attorney General Loretta Lynch says North Carolina's law restricting restroom access for transgender people amounts to "state-sponsored discrimination."
Lynch spoke during a news conference Monday announcing a federal civil rights lawsuit against the state and against Gov. Pat McCrory. She says the law only serves to "harm innocent Americans."
The Justice Department lawsuit says the law has caused transgender people to suffer "emotional harm, mental anguish, distress, humiliation, and indignity." It seeks an order that would prevent the law's enforcement.
McCrory has filed his own lawsuit over the law, asking a judge to keep it in place.
The governor says his lawsuit asks a federal court to clarify what the law actually says with billions in federal aid at stake.