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By NENA GILLIONENSTADER, Associated Press ReporterThe National Center for Transgender Equality is seeking federal protection from a lawsuit by a transgender woman who says the state of Utah doesn’t recognize her legal status.

The group, known as the Utah Coalition for Equality, sued the state’s attorney general on Monday in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, saying the state is legally required to recognize her.

The Utah Coalition filed a notice of claims against Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, saying Reyes should not enforce a law that requires the state to recognize the gender identity of transgender people.

Reyes did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

The lawsuit says Utah’s new transgender law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, requires people who identify as transgender to use a public bathroom or shower facilities that match their gender identity.

It also requires transgender people to use restrooms that align with their gender.

The new law did not address transgender people’s gender identity and did not include protections for transgender people who use facilities other than the gender-neutral ones.

The coalition, which includes the National Center, says the law discriminates against transgender people, and that the transgender law discriminatorially burdens Utah’s business and economic growth.

The law violates Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools and in programs and activities receiving federal funds, the coalition says in its notice of claim.