In the months leading up to the election, the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups filed more than 200 lawsuits against the Trump administration and other officials for alleged violations of civil rights.
The suits, including a $25 million class-action lawsuit against the Justice Department, were filed against various agencies and officials in response to a new federal rule requiring employers to report data about the number of children working in the workplace.
The Department of Labor, which has a legal duty to report such data, had issued a notice last month instructing agencies to report the number, race and ethnicity of workers at their workplaces, as well as the age and sex of their children.
It also required agencies to publish reports on their use of social media.
While some of the lawsuits were dismissed or dropped, others were consolidated into a federal class-actions lawsuit, and several of the suits are still ongoing.
The federal government is also suing several states and localities, alleging that they have not fully complied with the new regulations.
The civil rights lawsuits are part of a broader trend that has seen more and more lawsuits brought against the government over civil rights violations, said David Hemenway, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.
The Trump administration is attempting to “run a campaign of intimidation and fear to silence dissent,” Hemenways said in a statement, calling on other civil liberties groups to join the suit.
The ACLU has already filed more lawsuits in several states over the new rule, and has been in contact with a number of other civil liberty groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
In a statement sent to The Washington Times, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network said that it is “disappointed” in the “disastrous” ruling and called on the Trump White House to release its full plan to end the Trump era.
“We are committed to challenging the government’s illegal and unconstitutional agenda in every way we can,” the statement read.
The new rule is part of the Trump Administration’s attempt to “roll back” Obama-era protections for children, the organization said.
While the administration initially said that the rule would only apply to people who were 16 or older, it later expanded the rule to include people in their 20s, the group said.
In the federal lawsuit, the government said the new law would also be applied to the number and race of people at a company, and whether or not an employee is employed at the time of an incident.
It would also require employers to keep data about employees in a central database, it said.
The lawsuit alleges that the administration violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and that the Trump transition team violated the Constitution by denying employees the right to due process.
“While we are pleased the administration has now revised its policy to include this provision, we will continue to vigorously defend our clients’ right to equal protection under the law,” said Maya Harris, a senior staff attorney at the ACLU of Northern California, which is a member of the case.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.