The New York Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit that seeks to force the state Division of Human Rights to investigate a transgender woman’s claim of police discrimination by establishing, via the court, that police services are public accommodations and therefore the agency has jurisdiction over—and must investigate—the complaint.

The same petition, launched in Jefferson County Supreme Court, seeks to force the investigation of the woman’s jailers by establishing that the Human Rights Division has jurisdiction over complaints lodged with it against state correction agencies because the agencies allegedly provide housing accommodation protections.

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