The U.K. and the U.C. Berkeley University are calling on the federal government to investigate claims that they were systematically punished for refusing to hire transgender students, claiming that their employment rights were violated.
In a letter published Monday, the two universities accused the Trump administration of discrimination and said they would sue the federal Department of Education.
has said it is considering legal action.
In an April 2016 letter, a senior U-C-Berkeley administrator, who was then president of the U-Binary union, wrote that the university was “being systematically punished, punished for discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, for discrimination on the grounds of gender identity, and for discrimination based on disability status.”
The university’s president, Michelle Bercovici, said in the letter that the federal agency that investigates workplace discrimination must “immediately initiate a full and thorough investigation into these claims.”
In the letter, the UBinary national office said it was “disappointed by the administration’s response to our concerns.”
The office said that the “lack of an investigation has made it difficult for our members to feel confident in the university’s ability to effectively advocate for its members and students.”
“It is deeply disturbing to see the Department of Justice acting in a way that could jeopardize a university’s right to free speech, and we are concerned that the department may be retaliating against us,” the Ubinary national team wrote.
“This has been a very painful time for our team and the university, and it has been devastating for the people of our country, who have suffered from the discrimination that is the hallmark of this administration,” Bercicovici said.
In 2016, the university sued the Trump Justice Department over the discrimination, saying that U-Cal’s discrimination policy violated the U’s Equal Employment Opportunity Act.
The university was awarded $8 million in a settlement that was reached in September, but the Us Justice Department, which is also investigating claims of discrimination, is reviewing the suit.
The U-S has been an especially sensitive issue for U-Berlin, which has been at the center of a growing wave of similar discrimination cases against the Trump Administration, including a $40 million discrimination settlement in June between a man who sued the president and a former employee who said the Trump Organization pressured her to drop out of a job.
U-Berlins national office also issued a statement saying that the U will not be retaliated against for its “deep concern” about the administration of U-Trump.
The statement said that U has “repeatedly requested that the Department respond to our request to investigate the discrimination allegations” and that the office “is committed to investigating the claims and taking action to protect the rights of all our students.”
The University of California, Berkeley said in a statement Monday that it “has received the letter of complaint sent by the UBC administration.”
The statement did not name the universities officials.
A spokesperson for the Trump Education Department said the office is reviewing it.